To the Friends of Changila: Thankyou

Dear friends of Changila,

Changila striding toward our vehicle, December 29, 2012. The 30-year-old bull was gunned down and butchered for his ivory a few days after this photo was made. Photo courtesy of Shifra Goldenberg, Save the Elephants.

I am deeply moved by all your letters, which I have read over and over again. Thank you.

[You may read and add to the letters to Oria at the foot of her blog post Saluting Changila.]

I share your feelings of rage and sadness. It will be a long battle to put an end to this “legal” and illegal ivory trade. I do not have any answers, but we can make our voices heard: Tell them, the Kenyan authorities, to stop the illegal trading of blood ivory. And ask the Chinese authorities to close the door on ALL ivory coming into and out of China or being sold in China. They should help in every way to put an end to BLOOD IVORY TRAFFICKING. They should close all ivory shops.

The killing of elephants continues. Last night under the full moon, three of our elephants were killed. Nearly all our big bulls have gone, gone to ivory trinkets, and among our studied elephant families in northern Kenya, we already have five orphaned families in which every senior female has been killed, leaving small groups of orphans to find their way in the battlefield without leadership.

Thank you all for your heartfelt messages.

Oria Douglas-Hamilton


  1. Denise Bosire
    Queensland Australia
    January 29, 2013, 6:08 pm

    I also am so saddened for the lose of Changila and the heartlessness of parts of humanity who show no regard for the beauty of our elephant families and shame the humankind. I read regularly reports from the elephant orphange in Narobi and follow the lives of my two sponsored baby elephants the stories of their lives add much to my life and seeing them have a second chance at life and grow strong is so rewarding. I hope governments stop this horrific trade in ivory and allow corridors to be constructed to allow the movement of elephant families across the continent.