No one can forget their first encounter with wild elephants. An excitable calf, trumpeting wildly, gangly and galloping, tripping over his as yet uncoordinated trunk. A mother calmly standing by, watching and gently reassuring her baby with touches and rumbles. The herd together a tactile mass, a blur of bodies, always talking, always in touch. Though we couldn’t look more different, perhaps the appeal of elephants is that they reflect what we hope to be the best of us. A close knit family with lots of extended relatives and friends, empathy and care for those that are struggling, strong life long bonds between individuals who can remember each other even after decades, respect for wise elders and assurance for adventurous youngsters.
We are all familiar with images of the captive cousins of these elephants too. Asian elephants have long been kept in captivity by humans, harnessing their immense strength to our advantage. Many of us have even ridden an elephant, either at a resort or on a safari. Here at Pukka Projects we are keen to raise awareness of the sad reality that many of these captive elephants face, and we would like to introduce you to our plans for contributing to a better future for these magnificent animals.