Mali’s elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless something is done to halt the rampant poaching. The last aerial census in 2007 showed 350 animals.
Rory Young, through Chengeta Wildlife is providing an essential training and support to these heroes on the front line in the fight against poaching.
Salute Brave Rangers Salute
Dedicated to these brave heroes fighting the scourge of poaching….and my thoughts are with
the families who have lost their loved ones on the front line.
Castellated mosques….towers stretching way up high
Tuaregs and their camel caravans…a mirage across the sky
A fiery sunset melting….searing the golden thread
Desert elephants fearful….as in silence they tread
On an epic quest for food and water….footprints of survival
Deeply grooved trunks raised in silence…praying for dawn’s arrival
The merciless drone of mosquitoes ….thick on the sultry breeze
Powerful colliding of two rivers….undulating with ease
Moonlight vanishes in the deep velvet of night
A haunting whoosh of night wings….eerie in the quiet
The eastern sky rises on a drop with a golden glow
Pirogues ply the channels….gallant against the flow
The hissing heat of midday’s sun
Scorched desert sands of time shimmer as if one
Brave elephant warriors…..With steady hands and covered heads held high
The brutality of poaching…..no time for goodbyes
Brave men…..their hearts of courage to never pound again
Torn fields of the poaching war….too great the human stain
A family broken in two
Coats of sadness….heavy on their shoulders….their worlds a darker hue
Unite world unite….a force shining bright
A powerful energy behind these brave men….
These warriors of light
SALUTE BRAVE RANGERS SALUTE