I decided to do My Design Portfolio for spring semester on Elephants. I love everything about elephants! I believe they are one of the most under appreciated of the animal species. Their communication and intelligence level is far superior to most other species. They have many human like emotions, showing affection, joy, sadness and even mourning their loved ones that have died. They can communicate with each other over several miles by sending low rumbles of seismic waves through the ground and triangulate exactly where the signal is coming from with their feet and trunk.
They are also very empathic beings that can feel the pain and suffering of their families as they are being senselessly slaughtered for their tusks. These majestic giants are poisoned and shot and left to die slowly and in excrutiating pain at increasing and alarming rates each day, all so that their tusks can be sawed off and sold. They are not the only species being targeted. Rhinos are also being murdered for their horns as well as other animals for different parts and appendages. How much should one consider enough money to make it acceptable to kill these intelligent animals? The only ones that should have the right to possess ivory, are the elephants!
My dream is to go to Africa, to photograph and study these amazing animals roaming free in the wild while there are still some to be seen. I love visiting C’Zar (pictured above) and the other elephants at the NC Zoo and spent many hours observing and photographing them for my portfolio. I know that there at the zoo, they will hopefully remain safe from poachers. Still, I wonder when they were taken from their families and lost their freedom as youngsters, if they felt they had been saved or just stolen and placed in a prison. I believe that if someone locked me up for the rest of my life to protect me from harm, I would not feel grateful for losing my freedom on the chance that I may be murdered and die. I would rather have the chance to cherish every moment of freedom that I was given, to live and love and remain with my family.