This Tragedy Is Not New
Two Songs To Remember
The Elephant Song - Sung by Kamahl
Baby Elephant Walk - Composed Henry Mancini
David Attenborough, younger brother of actor Richard, is well known for his intimate and vast knowledge of animal and plant life. He has always been in the news and commented recently that elephants face extinction within 10 years if they are not protected from poachers and if the public stopped supporting conservation charities.
Tell me said the elephant
Tell me why this has to be
We have to run from man and hunter
Never safe and never free
David Attenborough, Marc Spits, Kamahl
The plight of these giants went as far back as 1975 when a former Malaysian singer Kamahl popularised, The Elephant Song (World Wildlife Fund anthem). Then recently in 2011 when Singapore was part of the international Elephant Parade, huge painted elephant sculptures were displayed and auctioned with proceeds going to the foundation.
This event was created by Marc Spits and son Mike in 2006, after they witnessed an Asian baby elephant *Mosha fitted with a new prosthetic limb in Thailand. The calf lost its leg in a landmine accident. The Elephant Parade highlighted the problem internationally.
For two days my grandson and I were chasing coloured elephants on parade all over Singapore, from the Botanic Gardens to Wheelock Place (above). It was meaningful fun. Since smaller elephant replicas were sold at Orchard we bought the orange one (below) for less than S$50.
So, David Attenborough is the overall caregiver, Marc Spits and his son made us aware of maimed elephants in Thailand and singer Kamahl highlighted the elephant problem with a song. As citizens of this world we try to do our part too, by buying an inexpensive replica, or if you can afford, a higher priced one.
Why am I writing this post with all seriousness?
The Straits Times' article, Vanishing Giants (3 Sept. 2016 Pg A37), and other news media all over the world highlighted how **ivory poachers in Africa had international criminal gangs greased the trade with corruption and made law enforcement difficult.
Selling by the kilo, for more than the annual income of an African worker, the ivory is used in unproven medical treatments. There are now about 350,000 elephants left in Africa, a population decline of at least 30 percent.
400 tonnes of ivory was trafficked in 2013, representing the tusks of 50,000 elephants. The price of ivory in China, the largest market, has peaked from $6 a kilo in 1976 to $3,000 a kilo today.
Happy was the elephant
Happy was his jungle life
And then they came, the cruel hunters
With their rifle and their knives...
Please help the elephants and other wildlife.
An original article with information from Websites
Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini. Video Ja Rnd.
*Mosha reminds me of Baby Elephant Walk (1961) by Henry Mancini, which won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the movie, Hatari.
Images: Personal Collection and Google.You Tube Videos: Jesper Linde and Ja Rnd.