Friday, June 8, 2012

“The real and proper question is: why is it beautiful?”  

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard
The Calgary Zoo announced a few months ago that they
are looking for a new home for their small group of
Asian Elephants. It is felt they would be better off as
part of a larger social group and hopefully they would
have a larger area that a couple of small dusty paddocks.
We noticed when we went to the DC zoo the elephants
had a huge area by comparison with lots of room to roam.
The search is expected to take several years to find an
accredited facility to take them. Even knowing that it
will take years I felt I was saying goodbye. And while
it is better for them, a bit of wonder will be lost from our lives
when we can no longer see them in the flesh.

“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.”

                       Mary Oliver


Wanda said...


You got some lovely photos of "the girls," not easy with the fencing of their new enclosure. They have spent over 20 years teaching people to care about elephants. We are going to miss them sorely.

Glad you had a good visit with them!


Guy said...

Hi Wanda

Thanks I guess it would be nice for them to retire to somewhere with more room and a bigger herd but as you say they will be missed.