The Duchess of Cornwall has penned an article for The Times about her brother – Elephant Family founder Mark Shand – who passed away earlier this year.
“Mark’s ultimate goal was to secure elephant corridors in India and Thailand, where people and wildlife are fighting for the same space,” she wrote. "The reality of living in a basic home, close to the world’s largest wild and starving species, poses a daily threat to people and their livelihoods. Mark discovered a solution that would work for both; the project would build safe new homes and secure agricultural land for the families living there. In 2011 he secured the Kerala corridor.
“Last year, when we were visiting India, he took my husband to see it. In monsoon-like conditions and, much to Mark’s fury, in the absence of any elephants at all (for every living creature, except for two cows, had been frightened off by the hoards of police) my husband was at last able to meet some of the people who had helped with, and benefitted from, Mark’s extraordinary legacy; a legacy which as co-Presidents of the Elephant Family, my husband and I will strive to fulfill.”
To read the full article, click here.