One Cool Thing: World Elephant Day

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Yesterday marked World Elephant Day, and some fantastic Samburu conservationists in northern Kenya are being recognized work they do each day for these incredible creatures. Reteti is Kenya’s first indigenously run sanctuary for orphaned elephants. The operation has rescued more than 35 elephants and returned 10 to the wild, empowering women and transforming the way local communities think about wildlife.

 

Shaba, an award-winning short film, shines a light on the sanctuary’s efforts. Focusing on a young elephant, the titular Shaba, the film documents her journey after poachers killed her mother. Viewers will see Shaba forge relationships with the keepers at Reteti and go on to become the matriarch of her herd. All proceeds from the film will benefit the sanctuary. 

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