Visiting Creatures in Need with Charlie Hamilton James
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After spending several months during the course of a year in Africa shooting a story on wildlife poisoning, National Geographic photographer Charlie Hamilton James (@chamiltonjames) enjoyed his final day on assignment photographing (and cuddling) orphaned elephants. “On one level, it’s lovely, and on another level, it’s very sad. There’s a bit of a weird sort of emotional shift going on at the same time,” explains Charlie, who traveled to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (@dswt) in Kenya to see Roi, a young elephant who lost his mother to a poison dart. “Every single one of those elephants has seen some horrific trauma in its life.” Charlie offers advice to those who want to get involved on #WorldWildlifeDay but may not be traveling to Africa anytime soon: “The thing we can do is think locally,” he says. “Consider the animals on your own doorstep, and fight to protect them.”
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natgeovideo by @shaulschwarz - Elephants walk and swim in lake Kariba, Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. African elephants are in trouble. Their numbers have fallen from as many as ten million a hundred years ago to as few as 350,000 today.