“Places like the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary are working hard to stop poachers and take care of the orphans,” she blogged. "When we are happy, cared for, and loved, we thrive and the same is true for elephants. I will never understand how someone could kill or harm an animal as beautiful and special as an elephant.
“We need to speak up for these animals or they will continue to be in danger. One of the best ways to help protect the elephants is to help educate people about their plight. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary is doing an amazing job educating local populations in the area about the elephants and the role they play in health and well-being of the ecosystem. It is very cool that they employ a lot of the local people at the sanctuary.
“We protect what we care about, and we care about what we understand. Education on these issues is crucial. We must understand what’s at stake and that we need to take action now. A simple step is to never buy anything made with ivory. Another easy step is visiting the website of the orphanage and learning more about the elephants and share what you learn.”
To read Gisele’s full blog and see photos of her visit, click here.