Elephants Are Herbivores And Congo Would Love GlamTribal's Elephant Garden Party Pendant

Dallas Zoo elephant Congo eats a half of a watermelon on Friday, July 10, 2015. The Dallas Zoo's Animal Nutrition Center prepares animal diets daily for more than 2,000 animals at the zoo and the Children's Aquarium.

Dallas Zoo elephant Congo eats a half of a watermelon on Friday, July 10, 2015. The Dallas Zoo's Animal Nutrition Center prepares animal diets daily for more than 2,000 animals at the zoo and the Children's Aquarium.

A circus retiree, the Dallas Zoo’s elephant Congo is called smart, investigative, and inquisitive and is enjoying exploring all of the new things she can do at the savanna. She loves to munch on bamboo, stripping layers of fibers and leaves off for a good chew, and enjoys regular pedicures with toenail filing, explains the Dallas Zoo in describing their Elephants on the Savanna exhibit. .

For all my love of elephants, I never considered their diet — specifically do they eat meat? One thinks of elephants as being herbivores, but is that actually a fact? The question was front and center in my mind, after planting a little garden in the tummy of our new GlamTribal Garden Party Elephant Pendant.

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Elephants are primarily herbivores, spending 16 to 19 hours a day eating and looking for food. An elephant’s diet in the wild is comprised of 50% grasses that are supplemented with twigs, leaves, bamboo, roots, bark and small amounts of seeds, flowers and fruits.

Because elephants digest between 40-50% of the food they consume, they must compensate for this rare elephant deficiency with volume. Then we have the size of these elephants and supporting their girth required them to eat between 330 and 375 lbs. of vegetation daily. Elephants love tree bark because it contains roughage and calcium, which aids digestion.

Yes, elephants eat dirt, which is rich in minerals such as calcium, salt and other trace elements. In June 2012, Scientific American reported that geophagia may be considered an eating disorder among modern-day humans, but it’s widespread in the animal kingdom. Another theory of why elephants eat dirt postulates that it’s part of a detox process.

Another interesting factoid is that elephants’ constant grinding of bark and other vegetation wears out their back teeth, pushing out a new set of teeth for a total of six sets in an elephant’s lifetime. The final set of work out teeth signals an elephant’s mortality, as the creature becomes weak due to lack of food. Eventually starvation and weakness ensues.

Elephants drink between 18 and 26 gallons of water per day, but they often consume up to 40 gallons depending on the temperature. Adult male elephants might drink up to 55 gallons of water in less than five minutes.

This fascinating article from the Dallas Zoo about the challenges of keeping the more than 2000 animals at the zoo healthy is worth the read.

Elephant keeper Samantha Scrudato hides food like zucchini in an imitation African fig tree to help mimic how the pachyderms would forage in the wild. The elephants mostly eat high-fiber hay and are generally the most expensive to keep — about $15,000 a year each — because of how much they eat, Slifka said.

The four elephants are offered 125 pounds of food a day, not including trees and bushes.

Personally, I so love this new pendant with a little garden in the elephant’s tummy — note that she is pretty from both sides — that a collection is on my brain. The cage also works well beaded as necklaces and not a pendant.

Lupita Nyong'o Narrates Award-Winning 'My Africa' Virtual Reality Film For Elephant Conservation

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A virtual reality film ‘My Africa’, narrated by Oscar-winning film star Lupita Nyong’o and supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, is among the winners of the annual Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.

The nine-minute film won top honors in the Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling category for “effectively using 360 technology and resources to advance an appreciation or understanding of a scientific discipline, discovery or principle.”

The film which was commissioned by Global environmental organization Conservation International which supports community-led wildlife conservation in Northern Kenya —is available in 7 languages including English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili.

Directed by David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community. In a region where conservation has traditionally been pursued by outsiders, Reteti — and the surrounding conservancy organization, Northern Rangelands Trust — offer a model grounded in local leadership and traditional knowledge, explains Creative Planet Network.

At the center of the film is Naltwasha Leripe, a young woman from the Samburu community who lets us into the community's daily life of tending livestock, digging "singing" wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing an orphaned baby elephant.

Lupita Nyong’o narrates the film from the perspective of Naltwasha, emphasizing the inter-relationships of the people living in Samburu County with the land, water and wildlife. .

Naltwasha Leripe, the young woman’s vision of her community in   Samburu County narrated by Lupita NNyongo’o in ‘My Africa’.

Naltwasha Leripe, the young woman’s vision of her community in Samburu County narrated by Lupita NNyongo’o in ‘My Africa’.

The conservation efforts in the community-owned Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy have become a first line of defense against the bloody poaching syndicates that previously decimated Kenya’s wildlife populations. Today the community has become staunch allies of the wildlife seeing them as invaluable assets and profiting from the proceeds that come from ecotourism.

"My Africa" was produced for Conservation International by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 while distribution support was provided by glassy baby. Here is the short documentary in its entirety.

In September AOC touched base with Doutzen Kroes and her project #Knot On My Planet, supported by The Tiffany Foundation

This summer, Doutzen was in Kenya for luxury brand LOEWE and Knot On My Planet, working with Samburu women on special collection bags supporting elephant conservation.

Our June article on luxury camping in northern Kenya addressed the community-based animal conservation programs addressed in the ‘My Africa’ video. Land ownership and lease relationships with luxury hotel companies for safari camps are also a key innovation in how local communities can prosper from luxury travel without abandoning their traditional roots and evolving lifestyles by selling off tribal lands.

Lupita Nyong’o Archives @ AOC

Rihanna Becomes Key Ambassador For Barbados, Eager To Work With PM Mottley To Reimagine Barbados

Rihanna gives Oprah a tour of her childhood Barbados home.

Rihanna gives Oprah a tour of her childhood Barbados home.

Pop star extraordinaire, collaborator and founder of Fenty brand cosmetics and lingerie, Rihanna has already raised island home Barbados’ international profile and has acted as a cultural ambassador for Barbados.

Now RiRi has a new title and it’s a doozy: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. “Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in areas of health and education,” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in the announcement. “She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.”

Her “multidimensional achievements and global influence” will lend to her new responsibilities, which include promoting education, tourism and investment, the announcement said.

“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.,” Mottley said in the Thursday announcement.

Rihanna’s response to the announcement was equally weighty: “I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”

Mia Amor Mottley became Prime Minister of Barbados in May 2018

Mia Amor Mottley became Prime Minister of Barbados in May 2018