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Women Philanthropists Give Differently Than Men

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National Geographic ‘7 Billion’ 7-Video Look at World’s People

JR’s TED Prize Video | JR Launches InsideOut Project

Photographers JR & Jonas Bendiksen Find Artistry in Everyday Kibera, Kenya

‘The Places We Live’: Four Monumental Slums Typify ‘Home’ for More than One Billion People

Shakira & Howard Buffett | Attached at the Hip Philanthropy Bedfellows

Slow Boat to Economic Heaven | Grim Reality Polaroid Days

What Would Dan Eldon Say About Somalia 2008?

Smart Sensuality Angelina Jolie: Virtue Considered in Carversville’s Country Air

Shakira, a Smart Sensuality Activist, Takes Me Back to Colombia, Where My Life Journey Really Began

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Lupita Nyong'o Steps Up To Save Africa's Elephants

Lupita Nyong’o Interview with Larry Madowo

Oscar-winning actor and global beauty ambassador for L’Oreal Lupita Nyong’o returned to Kenya this week as the first Kenyan ever to win an Oscar. The African beauty just wrapped up filming her latest movie ‘Queen of Katwe’ in South Africa and will debut in ‘Star Wars’ later this year. Lupita engages here in a delightful, reflective interview with Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo.

AOC loved Lupita before she won an Oscar. But to open an email from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where we support orphan elephants, and read that the stellar woman Lupita was there — as evidenced in this magnificent photo — brought tears to our eyes.

In addition to joining WildAid on behalf of elephants, Lupita will be promoting women’s causes, acting and the arts in her native Kenya. She also visited Amboseli National Park and filmed public service messages for international distribution in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United States.

She also met with Kenya-based African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants who partner on these projects, as well as representatives of Wildlife Direct, and Ol Pejeta and Lewa Conservancies — all groups active in combating poaching in Kenya.

Lupita Nyong’o: WildAid Global Ambassador for Elephants

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TUSIMAME Song Says 'Stand Up' For African Elephants As New York Crushes A Ton of Ivory

TUSIMAME | Save the Elephants

‘TUSIMAME’ is a powerhouse song about saving Africa’s elephants. It brings together talented artists including South Sudan’s Emmanuel Jal, Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee, Congo’s Syssi Managa and Juliani Kenya. TUSIMAME first debuted in March 2015 at the resident of US Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec. The pan-African musical stand against the destruction of Africa’s heritage and its elephants is part of We Want Peace’s (WWP) #StandForElephants campaign.

‘In 1970, there were approximately 1.5 million elephants residing in Africa. Today there are fewer than 500,000. An average of 90 elephants are slaughtered every day and if this continues, there will be no African elephants left in the next 200 years’ said Emmanuel Jal. ‘Music is one of the world’s most powerful tools when it comes to provoking emotion and inspiring real change. We need to take responsibility of our eco-system, and our nature, and elephants are a beautiful and crucial part of that nature’.

The situation is particularly alarming in Tanzania, according to wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC. It’s estimated that the elephant population has declined from 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014. 

USIMAME’ — meaning stand up — was filmed in partnership with WildAid in Kenya at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust near Nairobi. AOC has fostered an elephant at the trust and you can, too. 

Ivory sales are illegal internationally since 1989 and in most developed countries around the world. China is the largest market for illegal ivory, but sadly the United States is the second largest market.

New York Crushes A Ton of Ivory

On Friday June 19, illegal elephant ivory was put on display and then destroyed in the center of Times Square in New York City. Elephant poaching is soaring according to conservation groups, as a pound of ivory can fetch $1,500 on the black market. Hari Sreenivasan reports for PBS. A crowd of about 1500 gathered to bear witness as the crushing machine, which resembled a trash-collecting truck, destroyed a ton of ivory.

Victor Gordon Sentenced

Much of the ivory in the form of carved statues and trinkets came from a 2009 raid on a Philadelphia art store owned by Victor Gordon. As part of his guilty plea agreement, Gordon paid $150,000 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison by a federal judge earlier this month. Eight West Africans have also been prosecuted in what officials call Operation Scratchoff. 

Carbon Dating & the 1989 Ban

Because ivory dating before 1989 is technically legal in much of the world, proving the pedigree of elephant tusks has been a challenge for law enforcement. However, in 2013 Utah researchers developed a new application of a technique known as ‘bomb-curve 1c dating’ that allows officials to ascertain the carbon in both collagen and the mineral apatite within ivory to provide an age of death of the animal from which the ivory originated, writes The Guardian

The study’s lead author, Kevin Uno, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said: “We’ve developed a tool that allows us to determine the age of a tusk or piece of ivory, and this tells us whether it was acquired legally. Our dating method is affordable for government and law enforcement agencies and can help tackle the poaching and illegal trade crises.”


Tippi Degré: Daughter of Namibia, Best Friend To Animals, Desired By The World

These childhood images of Tippi Degré, born in 1990 the newly-independent Namibia to French parents, documentary film makers and wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, are extraordinary in their intimacy. Named after Tippi Hedren, the young girl Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré grew up in the company of an elephant named Abu and a dizzying array of big cats, snakes, a baby zebra, an ostrich, giant bullfrogs and countless other members of her animal menagerie. It’s said that Tippi persuaded giraffes to come down to her level.

Ten years later, Tippi moved to Paris with her mother, where she told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2002 ‘I miss Africa — that’s my home.’ The family also spent time in Madagascar.

Her best friend, she tells me, was a leopard nicknamed J&B. It had been adopted by a desert farmer after its mother had died in a trap and, Ms Robert says, was ‘mild as a household cat when Tippi was around, but never lost its killer instinct’. When it attacked another child, the little girl marched right up to the animal, gave it a sharp slap on the nose and told it to ‘Stop that,’ at which it ran away.

Tippi also befriended the bushmen and Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries and to speak their language.

Before she became a university student and aspiring filmmaker at La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, Tippi was part of six nature documentaries for the Discovery Channel and also a book. Her mother Sylvie Robert says that Tippi’s childhood was ‘a wonderful experience’, even with her demanding filming schedule. ‘She was really at home, because at heart she is a little African.’

As a young teenager, Tippi took issue with this description of her life.

No, Maman, it’s not true that I loved it. It was great to see the elephants and the lions, but it would have been better if it hadn’t always been in front of the camera. It was hard work, it was difficult, it was hot and I was not happy all the time. I was worn out at the end of it.

‘The reason I did the film and will do more is to show that we have to do something about saving the animals and the planet before it’s too late . . . I don’t want to be famous. I just want to be normal.’

Tippi’s parents have come under criticism for encouraging her and filming her in such close proximity to the animals. Her mother explained to the Telegraph UK:

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French Street Artist YZ Honors Fierce African Women Of Dahomey

Much of today’s world is celebrating the bravery of the Kurdish women soldiers who are fighting the terrorist group ISIS. French Street Artist YZ Yseult shows us an equally inspiring look at women with her focus on historical accounts of the First Franco-Dahomean War. During the 1890s it was the highly-trained military women of Dahomey, more commonly referred to as Amazons, who were busy chopping off the heads of the French, often while they slept.

Researching her own history as a descendent of slaves, YZ is using her considerable artistic talents to showcase these memorable, brave and engaging women writes Brooklyn Street Art.

Back in her former Senegal now to do research for the project, she (YZ) writes on her website

 … there are many female figures who we may not know of in current times, but who may provide crucial inspiration, possibly bolstering the confidence of women in 2015 to advocate for their positions and opinions. “I want to show warriors from ancient times; revolutionists, anti-colonialists, intellectual women who have written the story of Africa. We need figures to be proud of our roots, to keep fighting for our rights, and to write the story of tomorrow.”

This story is captivating and AOC will be investigating both the fierce Dahomey women and YZ in greater depth.


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AOC Welcomes Foster Elephant ROROGOI & The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust


There’s a new baby in the house. Her name if ROROGOI and she lives at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. ROROGOI lives in Nairobi, Kenya, also home to The Kibera School for Girls, another AOC/GlamTribale philanthropy project. 

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E. in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsave East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE.

From the foundation’s website: 

At the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.

To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.”

Angela Sheldrick In Charge

DSWT is chaired by Daphne Sheldrick and has been run by David and Daphne’s daughter Angela for over a decade. Growing up in Tsavo and later in the Nairobi National Park, Angela has been part of the Trust’s vision from the start, supported by her husband Robert Carr-Hartley and their two boys Taru and Roan, who are passionate about Kenya’s wildlife and eager to ensure that David and Daphne’s legacy continues.

Situated in a corner of Nairobi National Park, the elephant orphange is open every morning for an hour. Tourists from around the globe arrive to watch the orphans, aged up to three years playing in the mud and drinking bottles of milk. Elephants are milk-dependent until the age of three and would die in the wild without intervention from groups like DSWT.

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Leakey's Angels: Why Women Make Better Primate Researchers According To Louis Leakey

Mary and Louis LeakeyGlamTribale and Anne of Carversville readers know that I have a strong interest in paleontologists, archaeologists and anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey and their work in and around the Omo Valley region of Ethiopia and Lake Turkana, bordering Ethiopia and Kenya.

Read our in-depth stories about the Omo Valley Mursi and Surma tribes at GlamTribale.

It’s only recently that I came to know about the Omo Valley region and Lake Turkana as the ‘origin’ of human civilization as we know it. Previously, I knew  Africa as the origin of humanity, without understanding that the Leakey discoveries lay very close to many other events and subjects of interest in my life.

Long-time GlamTribale and Anne muse Dan Eldon, the young photo journalist stoned to death in Mogadishu, Somalia 20 years ago was good friends with Lara Leakey, granddaughter of the famous scientists Louis and Mary.

Dan’s mom Kathy Eldon is now a digital friend and potential artistic collaborator of mine. Kathy worked for the Leakeys when she lived in Nairobi.

AnneofCarversville.com is devoted to telling women’s stories “from fashion to flogging” with a strong emphasis on women’s rights at home in America and internationally.

Digging much deeper into the history and contributions of Mary and Louis Leakey to our understandings of human history and social behavior, one quickly comes upon the subject of women in science and gender studies — and Louis Leakey’s support of women in primate research.

One can’t study Louis Leakey for more than an hour without learning about his unusual support for three women – Leakey’s Angels, as they are called: chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall; Dian Fossey who studies mountain gorillas; and Birutė Galdikas, an observer of orangutans.

Louis Leakey and Jane Goodall

Why, I wondered, would Louis Leakey stake so much of his professional reputation on supporting women as researchers of primate behavior?  Why did his Trimates, as they are also called, captivate an international audience of animal behavioral enthusiasts?

Firstly, Louis Leakey was crippled with arthritis, for which he had a hip replacement at age 65.  If he wanted to understand primate behavior, others would have to do the research.

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Dan Eldon & Mom Kathy Eldon Take Us Into The Omo Valley & Heart Of Consciousness

Images of the Omo Valley people by Hans SilvesterWe are off to Africa, Ethiopia specifically in an ongoing series of articles about the Omo Valley people, living in southern Ethiopia near the Lake Turkana basin.

As Benjamin Roussey explains in his series of GlamTribale blog posts about the Omo Valley people, Lake Turkana remains the oldest place on the globe that houses evidence of human habitation. Currently all paleoanthropology roads lead to Lake Turkana and the work of the famous Leakey family, launched by Louis and Mary Leakey and now followed by several Leakey members. 

Each day of my GlamTribale journey is a trip into my own personal history and connections. I arrived at Lake Turkana on my own — with no help from my muse Dan Eldon, the young photographer who was killed in Somalia. Or so I thought.

I was about to write that my heart was pounding a couple months ago when I Googled “Dan Eldon + Leakey” and read on DanEldon.org that Dan and Louis Leakey’s granddaughter Lara were best friends. How incredible that Dan was so close to research about the beginnings of human civilization!

There are parts of my story I will leave untold for the moment, because I want to share them first with Dan’s mother Kathy, who is now a friend of mine. That reality is in itself is a pretty incredible stop on my own journey.

‘Gaugin in Africa’ by Dan Eldon @ http://thegallerystore.net/daneldoncollection/Gauguin-in-Africa/

Being a fastidious fact checker, I just Googled again and this time I uncovered another piece of information in this interconnecting puzzle. Dan Eldon was close to the Leakey family because his mother and my friend Kathy worked with the Leakey family. Reading about Kathy Eldon on MyHero.com, my heart tightened yet again. 

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