A recent visit to East Africa proved to be one of the most important trips ever. Visiting Save the Elephants and Elephant Watch in Kenya was the best place to learn about the behavior and conservation needs of terrestrial wildlife (in particular, elephants and lions). Under the guidance of Dr. Iain and Oria Douglas Hamilton, it also demonstrated the tremendous potential for, and value of, culturally and environmentally sensitive ecotourism.
As stated on the Save the Elephants' website: "The best potential ambassadors for elephants are those who live amongst them, sharing their land and their future." We certainly saw this in practice when learning from the biologists and guides from the Samburu tribe, an inspiring integration of culture and wisdom. Please watch this site for more photos and information about this wonderful project dedicated to both human and elephant communities and cultures. If you plan to visit East Africa, we encourage you to visit www.elephantwatchsafaris.com.