elephantmapproject elephantmapproject

44 posts   658 followers   1,058 followings

The Elephant Map Project  Every map gives orphan elephants a chance to grow old in the wild. Shop prints & learn the stories behind the map—100% net profits support @dswt.

With heavy hearts we share the passing of the ultimate matriarch, Dame Daphne Sheldrick. With her eternal empathy and unwavering dedication she has done the impossible—make elephants’ hearts even bigger. Thank you for your kindness and compassion for all creatures great and small—your wisdom and astounding life’s work will live on through us all.
.
.
.
.
.
#damedaphnesheldrick #daphnesheldrick #legacy #empath #theelephantmapproject #love #empathy #matriarch #dswt #davidsheldrickwildlifetrust #animallover #lifesavingwork #interconnected #africanelephant #conservationist #visionary #wildlife #beautifullife #wisdom

Grasslands! Of all ecosystems, it seems grasslands are the easiest to overlook. Without dramatic mountaintops to keep our attention, it can appear the boundless bush doesn’t have much to it. It does!
.
Remarkably, the African savannah provides the grasses, sprouts, bushes, seeds, pods, twigs, and branches necessary for Africa as we know it to exist.
.
The iconic savannah tree is the Umbrella Thorn Acacia (Acacia tortillis) depicted in this illustration. Like other savannah trees, the acacia is adapted to withstand hot and cold, drought and rain. Its hard, sharp thorns protect the acacia by deterring animals from over-browsing, but its seed pods, which fall to the ground, provide nutrition for many species. This species-rich territory is prime habitat for primal wildlife. Grazing actually increases grass growth.
.
This unity of life, from fragile green sprouts to fierce predators, largely rests on the African elephant, the architect of Africa. Hour after hour of munching results in fewer trees and more grasslands for grazers like wildebeests, kudus, and zebras to move in. Predators like lions and leopards are quick to follow. Without elephants to push down trees and create pathways with their massive bodies, this entire ecosystem would change.
.
When elephant populations plummet, other species and ecosystems connected to them—many we would never think of—plummet too.
.
Learn more stories behind the map and purchase one (link in bio). 100% of the net profits support @dswt’s vita work.
.
.
.
.
#grasslands #ecosystems #sprout #africansavannah #africansavanna #habitat #gardeners #seeddispersal #acacia #africanelephant #vital #umbrellathornacacia #grazing #architectofafrica #unityoflife #bush #africanbush #grazing #seed

Female elephants anchor the elephant family. When a baby elephant is born, an expansive family of female caregivers— including the birth mom, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and closest family friends—contributes to their upbringing. While males tend to part from the herd after puberty and set off on more independent lives, females stick together.
.
The matriarch plays a particularly significant role in the “ecosystem” of an elephant family. Her leadership affects the daily rhythm of life, dictating when the herd walks, drinks, rests, plays, and sleeps. They learn lessons of love, playfulness, nurturing, discipline, and intense loyalty that have been passed down by matriarchs for millennia.
.
Their bonds help keep them alive. Incredibly, matriarchs retain years of detailed knowledge about their environments—crucial survival information they pass on to their children. During droughts or food shortages, it is the matriarch who knows where to find water and food. When the herd is threatened, it is the confident matriarch who has the influence to encourage the herd to work together to fight predators.
.
When adult females are killed, the massive matriarchal memory bank is destroyed, reverberating throughout the family and the species.
.
Every map purchase gives elephants a chance to grow old in the wild. 100% of net profits support @dswt. Purchase and learn more stories behind the map link in bio 👆🏼.
.
.
.
.
.

#matriarch #matriarchal #bekindtoelephants #dswt #artandscience #connection #saynotoivory #africanelephant #futureisfemale #thoughtfulgift #meaningful #familydynamic #interconnected #familylife #wisdom #memorybank #survival #elephantherd #herd #worthmorealive

Elephants have been called the soul of Africa. Let’s take their lead of resilience, kindness and compassion. Let’s forge ahead to give a voice to the voiceless. Let’s do our part to ensure elephants have a future.
.
This is our effort to do just that; The Elephant Map Project, a combination of art, science, cartography and heart, helps by giving orphaned elephants a chance to grow old in the wild. 100% net profits of print sales support @dswt’s vital efforts.
.
Purchase an elephant map print ($48) and learn the stories behind the map—link in bio.
.
(One thing we learned: elephants’ survival goes way beyond milk and nourishment—love, connection and affection are essential to their survival too. Sounds familiar!)
.
.
.
.
.
.
#bekindtoelephants #dswt #artandscience #connection #conservation #elephantconservation #artforgood #saynotoivory #protectwhatyoulove #thoughtfulgift #jointheherd #interconnected #conniebrown #dswtnursery #hope #oneplanet #noplanb #keystonespecies #wonder #africanelephant

Connecting children to nature’s genius was a goal of ours from the outset and continues to be (our original map is currently supporting a conservation curriculum at Avenues: The World School in NYC). How great is that!
.
This map was a collective effort, and this poem was written specifically for the map by children’s book and poetry writer Leslie Bulion.
.
She says, “Long ago—long before Connie invited me to The Elephant Map Project—I was a young girl dreaming of elephants. I formed them with my hands, over and over, in clay. Much later I visited East Africa, experiencing the majesty of the ecosystems where elephants live wild...The music in this poem came from what seems to me to be the essence of an African elephant —memory, family, joy, grief, and the splendor and fragility of its savannah garden home.”
.
Leslie Bulion is an award-winning children’s book and poetry writer. She has written three volumes of science poetry: At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems (Peachtree Publishers, 2016) ; Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse (Peachtree Publishers, 2015); and Hey There, Stink Bug! (Charlesbridge, 2008), with more coming soon on birds and spiders. She has also written four novels for young readers.
.
Every map gives elephants a chance to grow old in the wild. 100% net of profits support the @dswt. $48/poster; link in bio.
.
.
.
.
#childrensbookauthor #elephantgardeners #valentinesday #keystonespecies #africanelephant #african #giant #cartography #author #naturepoem #avenuesschool #conservation #dswt #elephantconservation #giftguide #thoughtfulgift #giftidea #DSWT #whyilovekenya #savetheelephants #authorsofinstagram #jointheherd #worthmorealive #care #original #animallover #hope #interconnected #children #futurechangemakers

An unbeatable view if you ask us! Baby elephants are thin-skinned and so prone to sunburn that their mothers oftentimes keep them in the shadows underneath their belly. (Even adults throw dirt on themselves as their own version of sunscreen.) And because they are so thin-skinned, they get very cold in the mild East African winter, which is why little elephants at the DSWT orphanage love their signature woolen blankets. With time, elephant skin thickens and becomes less sensitive. Elephants skin sometimes appears to be gray and sometimes appears to be brown or rosy-hued: in fact, their natural color is gray, but they often take on the color of their habitat’s soil.
.
Every map gives elephants a chance to grow old in the wild. 100% net of profits support the @dswt. $48/poster; link in bio ☝🏼 .
.
.
.
#elephantskin #valentinesday #elephantbutte #keystonespecies #africanelephant #african #giant #cartography #mapmaker #conservation #dswt #elephantconservation #giftguide #interconnectedness #thoughtfulgift #giftidea #wildlife #mapprint #DSWT #elephants #whyilovekenya #savetheelephants #racingextinction #jointheherd #worthmorealive #care #original #animallover #hope #interconnected

Get cozy! These guys’ survival goes way beyond milk and nourishment. Love, connection and affection are essential ingredients that help keep orphaned elephants alive, just like us.

Learn more about elephants and the stories behind the map in our Map Key (link in bio). $48/poster; 100% net profits support @dswt.
.
.
.
.
#bekindtoelephants #dswt #elephant #handpainted #elephantconservation #spreadthelove #valentinesdaygift #thoughtfulgift #connection #affection #purpose #elephanttrunk #tenderness #worthmorealive #goopgift #saynotoivory #childrensgift #map #artforgood #storytelling#protectwhatyoulove

Tomorrow, Jan 22, join us for a discussion on our stewardship map at at the iconic @nypl and learn about their perspective on this intersection of science, art, travel and conservation; why we chose to support @dswt and why we’re hopeful.
.
We are sure your legs are tired from marching, but we hope to see you there! Details: New York Public Library at 42nd and 5th Avenue at 6:30 pm on January 22nd. —Connie & Katie
.
.
.
.
.

#nypl #newyorkpubliclibrary #stewardship #map #mapmaking #storytelling #bekindtoelephants #africanelephant #conservation #conservationefforts #nyc #nyevent #elephantmap #nycevents #elephantconservation #africa #mapmaker #avenueschool #future #changemakers #library #dosomething #gumption #artforconservation #ittakesavillage

Mark your calendar! This Monday, January 22nd, the New York Public Library will host a talk entitled Cartography as Stewardship: Connie Brown in Conversation with Katie Losey. In this conversation, Connie and Katie will discuss how the maps came to be, detailing the themes, cartographic sources, the design traditions which inspired them, and more. See you there!
.
Event details: January 22 at 6:30 pm at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. Photo courtesy of @nypl.
.
.
.
.
.
#nypl #newyorkpubliclibrary #patienceandfortitude #bekindtoelephants #stewardship #artandconservation #nyc #nycevent #lion #nyplevents #nyevent #africanelephant #timeoutnewyork #timeoutny #wildlifeprotection #elephantconservation #worthmorealive #saynotoivory #mapmaker #redstonestudios #cartography #newyorkcity #blackandwhitephoto #stephenschwartzmanbuilding #library #midmanhattanlibrary #midtownnyc #libraryevent

Honored to welcome all lucky visitors to the iconic @the_explorers_club with our map, and soon to have the map hanging in the president’s office!

Upon receiving The Explorers Club’s Legendary Explorer Medal in 2013, John Glenn expounded, “Back in the days of the old maps, that showed the known world—off on the edges, it showed boiling pots of oil, and dragons, and so on. Our whole history has been one of dragon pushing. Pushing dragons back off the edge and filling in those gaps on the maps. And that is a key role that The Explorers Club has provided, and that attitude, of curiosity, is one that has been long sponsored by this Club.”

While there are few ‘undiscovered’ places left on the map, there will always be dragons to push. Exploration is an ongoing, multidisciplinary process; technology is constantly evolving, perspectives changing, and with increased knowledge comes increased questions to research and facets to consider. The Elephant Map Project provides a unique intersection of conservation and maps and uses contemporary map making to simulate engagement. This project sheds light on the ambiguous "dragon" that is the consequences of losing this endangered species and the vital role they play in our world. —Lacey Flint, Curator of Research Collections, The Explorers Club

Honored—thank you Lacey, thank you #TEC! All map purchases give orphaned elephants a chance to grow old in the wild; $48/poster; 100% net profits support @dswt.

The Ultimate Matriarch •
For over thirty years, Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick has been raising, rehabilitating, and reintegrating orphaned elephants back into the wild. The key to Daphne’s success has been her lifelong experience with wild creatures, an in-depth knowledge of animal psychology and the behavioral characteristics of different species, and of course, the most essential component, a sincere and deep empathy.

She is the first person to have perfected the milk formula for baby elephants (a process taking 28 years), giving milk-dependent orphans a fighting chance. She remains the world expert on the topic. But beyond this important contribution, she has also revealed another vital ingredient to elephants’ survival: love, connection, and family. Her years of experience alongside elephants has revealed to her that the giant-brained, giant-hearted creatures have similar needs, emotions, and lifespans as humans.




#protectwhatyoulove #cartography #mapmaker #conservation #giftguide #mapprint #savetheelephants #racingextinction #artforgood #lessonsfromnature #whyilovekenya #worthmorealive #giftguide #DSWTat40 #original #handpainted #keystonespecies #interconnected #africanelephant #care #jointheherd #educationaltool #daphnesheldrick #damedaphnesheldrick #matriarch #hero #empathy #connection #respect #understanding #naturalworld

Most Popular Instagram Hashtags