nubbsgalore:

photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

thelife0flex:

ssweet-dispositionn:

wallflowerbloom:

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

(Dead Poets Society, 1989)

Obsessed with this freaking movie

This used to be my fav movie

your diet isn’t only what you eat - it’s what you watch, it’s what you read, it’s what you listen to so you need to be mindful of what you ingest. watch what you take in and watch what you talk about. mind your diet, change your diet and watch how it affects your artistry. 

bitchcraftandwiggatry:

kingjaffejoffer:

coachcrewneck:

IT HAPPENED AGAIN.. this time i wasnt even mad lmao im used to it.. #Wow #SheThinkImStealingPart2

Asian lady stay followin me in the store its all love tho

People think Black people are making it up or exaggerating when we say this shit really happens.

Its so insulting

She’s not even good at pretending she’s just ‘straightening up’ the inventory.

(via chescaleigh)

blackulajonez:

thinksquad:

The cash-strapped Newark Public School System can’t afford to buy enough pens and paper for its students, but has approved spending roughly $22,000 a month on take-out and catered events for its teachers.

NBC New York 4 reports that the North Jersey school system has spent $330,000 over a 15-month period on BBQ ribs, specialty sandwiches and Halal cuisine, but the cluster of Newark schools slashed its budget on expenditures like school building maintenance and school supplies.

“We don’t have adequate supplies of paper and necessary supplies to supplement us throughout the day and then there’s money being spent on arbitrary things such as catering and food,” sophomore high school student Khadija Bhatti told NBC New York.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/17/penniless-new-jersey-public-schools-slash-budgets-for-books-while-teachers-spend-state-cash-on-lavish-meals/#ixzz37rFahTg8

Isn’t this the same school district that Zuckerburg donated millions to, not to mention the same district featured in the documentary The War on Kids?

Just food for thought if you ever assumed the problem with government schooling was it’s lack of money.