Reflections by Dr. Paula Kahumbu, the global elephant lady, on the death of Satao

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

Much has been said and much more will be said in coming days about the fact that Satao, an iconic huge elephant who roamed the plains of Tsavo, was killed by poachers and his tusks, said to be the largest of any elephant at the time in Kenya, hacked out of his skull.

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This latest killing of an iconic elephant, the previous one only two weeks ago when in similar fashion another big tusker was poached in Central Kenya, exposes the rot in the establishment, which has been big on lipservice and short of action, to the point of even denying that there is a poaching crisis in Kenya. Clearly, this latest case, one of dozens in the wider Tsavo/Taita/Taveta area in recent months, demonstrates that the Kenyan government is NOT doing all which could be done and should be done to take the battleā€¦

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Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"
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