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Sven Punt  Dutch. 🇳🇱 Lived in India. 🇮🇳 26. 🐘 Passion for photography. 📷 Wanderlust. 🌏 Historian. 🏛 Traveller. 🗺️ Biryani lover. 🍽️

Today is a day dedicated to my favourite animal. It's World Elephant Day! This day is dedicated to the preservation and protection of this beautiful animal. Around the world elephants are slaughtered for their ivory tusks, or being ill-treated working for tourists. We need to change that, people!

I took this picture in Sri Lanka, back in 2015. This female elephant lives at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is an orphanage for elephants. The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Orphanage has been a little controversial in the past. The orphanage also breeds the elephants and has donated elephants to temples. Temple elephants are venerated by many, but generally don't live a happy life, as they're held captive and stand in the same place for long hours. Isn't it interesting though that these animals are venerated by many, but don't get the good life and treatment that venerated beings should get. The elephants that live at the orphanage are well taken care of though. This isn't a post to bash the orphanage, they're doing good work. But I think it is important to raise awareness about the treatment of elephants that work for humans, and for the protection of elephants worldwide.

#elephant #elephants #worldelephantday #wed #srilanka #pinnawala #elephantorphanage #southasia #awareness #haathimeresaathi #🐘 #nikon #throwback #myfavouriteanimal

A grazing sheep.

The Texel sheep originated on the isle of Texel, off the north coast of the Netherlands. The exact origin of the breed is unknown although it is thought to be a cross of multiple English breeds. This sheep breed is known for its lean meat and wool.

#sheep #🐑 #grazing #animal #texel #thenetherlands #nikon #nature #holland #grass

Windmills have been used in the Netherlands since at least 1414 CE to turn water into fertile land. The Dutch built dykes and used the windmills to pump away the water, that way reclaiming land from the sea, which they could use for agriculture.
This particular windmill is Windmolen het Noorden, built in 1878 CE, on Texel.

#windmill #mill #dutch #thenetherlands #texel #water #nature #blue #molen #wind #photography #nikon #landscape #farm #holland

I just completed reading this book by Trevor Noah, Born a Crime. I couldn't put it away!

Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa, having a Xhosa mother and a Swiss/German father. Trevor writes about his life, his childhood in particular, giving an insight in life during and post apartheid in South Africa.
The book is very interesting, inspiring, making you, the reader, go through all kinds of emotions, and it's very well written, with a lot of humour. I definitely recommend you all to read this book!

#trevornoah #bornacrime #thedailyshow #book #read #southafrica #recommendation #books #bookstagram

The obligatory uncle and nephew selfie!
#selfie #uncle #nephew #smile #family #texel #holiday #🤳

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