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Travel Diary: Samantha Schmidt

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SamanthaBy Samantha Schmidt

I am a dog trainer, but I went to Africa for elephants.

I study animal behavior and became obsessed with elephants—their emotions, intellect, sense of play, altruism and peacefulness. I finally booked the trip and went to connect with them.

In doing so, I connected with all the animals, the local cultures, the other visitors, and Africa itself. It is an amazing place that draws you in.

To be in Africa is to understand that this battle is not just about elephant poaching, rhino poaching, or canned hunting of lions, but also about how all these animals are intricately connected to the people and the land.

For so long I have been thinking, “I can’t imagine our earth without elephants.” We would lose so much more than elephants. But for what?” Trinkets? Gun inlays? Walking sticks? Religious figurines? Impressing others with status?

I cannot imagine Africa without any of its creatures or people; they all live and work in concert with each other. You cannot just take one species out of the picture and expect nothing else to change.

There is a brighter side. It was heartwarming to meet so many educated, dedicated people who feel strongly about protecting their land and their animals. Even the visitors seemed to understand the issues at hand and be engaged. I felt there was a chance to stop the poaching and help the communities to protect and embrace their incredible natural resources.

I think most people realized we could not help the animals without helping the local communities. It simply would not work. Every camp we stayed at had some sort of trust attached to it—this was the requirement we had set for our travel agent. We did not want to travel and exploit. We wanted travel and feel as if we had helped in some small way.

I returned from my trip amazed and invigorated. I am even more dedicated to help the elephants and all the others in any way that I can. We need to all work together on this rather than compete with each other for attention.

Every person can make a difference in some small way, whether it is through donating, signing petitions, writing letters, traveling in an educated and sensitive way that “gives back;” educating children, educating adults, etc. There is only room for improvement and the payoff is huge: Keeping these incredible animals and helping these fantastic communities.

On a personal note, it has been a long while since I have taken myself so far out of my element. We all get stuck in the rut of our daily lives. We think and dream and hope for other things.

This time I drew a line in the sand—I set a date and planned the trip I had been dreaming of. It of course changed me and improved me. I do not think just about my day-to-day trials. I remember thankfully that there is a much bigger picture and I was able to live it for two-and-a-half weeks. I plan to go back, and volunteer, and do what I can to help. It is nice to have things to look forward to.IMG_3639

For me, the magic was in touching an elephant who was orphaned, but will be able to return to the wild and is well on his way: To feel his body as he rumbles a greeting, listen to him drink milk with loud slurping noises, watch him interact with his peers, and enjoy the essence of elephants.

It was beyond my expectations. Elephants are all I thought they were and more. They are truly worth our efforts.

Samantha Schmidt is a native New Yorker who grew up with Great Danes and Boxers. She trains dogs for clients in Manhattan as a full time career and is interested in all types of animals. She lives with her black lab mixes Leo and Coal.

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Victory for WildLeaks! Green Mile Safari Accused of Poaching in Tanzania

In 2016 Elephant Action League – through our whistleblower program WildLeaks – received videos showing illegal and cruel trophy hunting in Tanzania committed by the safari company called Green Mile Safari Co. Ltd. Among the shocking violations in the Green Mile videos are hunting with automatic weapons, having children hunt with automatic weapons, gunning down fleeing animals from moving cars, capturing baby animals and torturing dying ones, and using bait and lights at night to attract unsuspecting animals.
With the WildLeaks campaign on Green Mile, we were the first to speak-up and denounce those crimes.
The video was brought to parliament and became a national sensation.
In a recent development, Tanzania’s Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla has released a list of operators, owners of hunting blocks and officials in the ministry accused of supporting poaching syndicates. That list includes Green Mile Safari Co. Ltd.
Minister Kigwangalla blamed the suspects whom he said had for a decade paralysed the country’s national parks, protected areas and game reserves. Dr. Kigwangalla, speaking to reporters here, said: “The suspects along with their associates will first undergo a thorough inquiry by the ministry’s special task force…I have potential incriminating evidence and I want them to appear before the task force for questioning.”
Minister Kigwangalla said the government has embarked on a comprehensive strategy to purge the entire syndicate of wildlife trafficking in the country by 2020.
Stay tuned for more updates…
https://elephantleague.org/green-mile-safari-scandal-tanzania
http://allafrica.com/stories/201801260119.html

Green Mile Scandal

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Publication Date: 
Feb 2 2018

Image: 
Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) invited people to surrender their own ivory to be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save this iconic species from the threat of extinction.

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