The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe

How many are left?  With no real protection, with rampant corruption, with a continuous conduit to China, I wonder how many in this scrum are still alive.  The thing I love most about this photograph are skin textures: wrinkles and rubs and stains contrasting with the smooth skin on their ears.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

14 responses

  1. […] one of her amazing photographs (see my page Elephant Skin under Poetry). You can find Cheryl on I later developed it into something much longer for a  poetry […]

  2. I read a poem elephant skin by Kim and I shared a song, poem I wrote that I feel exemplifies this. so please let me share. I appreciate and admire all those who care for our beloved giants. thank s

  3. […] With thanks to Cheryl Merrill for the use of her photograph. See […]

    1. Thanks for using the photo. You can actually link to other posts by using the links widget.

  4. Cheryl, would you give me permission to use your beautiful photograph to illustrate my poem, please?

    1. Sure, go right ahead, but please give me credit, and maybe a link. Thanks for your kind words!

  5. Elephant skin
    Is a map
    Of all the places they have been
    All the experiences they have had
    In grey wrinkles,
    And stains.

  6. Infuriating and heartbreaking

  7. Beautiful creatures, I remember seeing them in SA

    1. So very glad you got to see them in the wild.

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