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Some sweet news for planet Earth in honor of #elephantappreciationday!
We want to give a shoutout to our wonderful village member Lyn! Not only is she great at passing out chocolate samples, but she also manages to make an elephant mask look stylish! ๐Ÿ˜
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Lyn has only been with our village for the past few years, but she's been a "fair trade pusher" for 25! She began her fair trade work as one of the first equal exchange distributors of coffee in Nebraska. Equal Exchange, the makers of the coffee we supply in the store, invited Lyn to attend an excursion to El Salvador where she stayed with the local coffee growers. Lyn has seen first hand how your purchasers directly impact families!
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Thank you Lyn for all that you do for our store!
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#livelifefair #ttv #ttvlnk #weloveourvolunteers #fairtrade #fairchocolate #faircoffee #fairtea #chocolatesamples #elephantappreciationday #volunteering
We want to give a shoutout to our wonderful village member Lyn! Not only is she great at passing out chocolate samples, but she also manages to make an elephant mask look stylish! ๐Ÿ˜ . Lyn has only been with our village for the past few years, but she's been a "fair trade pusher" for 25! She began her fair trade work as one of the first equal exchange distributors of coffee in Nebraska. Equal Exchange, the makers of the coffee we supply in the store, invited Lyn to attend an excursion to El Salvador where she stayed with the local coffee growers. Lyn has seen first hand how your purchasers directly impact families! . Thank you Lyn for all that you do for our store! . . . #livelifefair  #ttv  #ttvlnk  #weloveourvolunteers  #fairtrade  #fairchocolate  #faircoffee  #fairtea  #chocolatesamples  #elephantappreciationday  #volunteering 
#Tbt to this #epic family photo. Happy Belated Elephant Appreciation Day to two of the raddest elephants I've ever met! #ilookexactlythesame #india #tbt #elephants #instadaily #instagood #picoftheday #oneofthemisnamedmaria #kerala #tamilnadu #family #wanderlust #travel #nofilter #elephantappreciationday
The elephant is one of the most positive animal symbols, and it is also considered to be a symbol of luck - keep a lucky elephant at the door of your house to protect from bad luck and to stimulate good luck for all who live there. #veterinariansinternational #elephantappreciationday #vetsinternational #vetsintbenefit #thailand #elephants  #vets #veterinary #veterinarian #veterinarians #rescueanimals #elephants #animallovers #elephantlove #charity #help #helpanimals #nonprofit #vetstudent #iloveelephants #trunksoflove #elephantlover #sanctuary #elephantlovers #helpthailand #surin #natgeo #nationalgeographic #๐Ÿ˜
The elephant is one of the most positive animal symbols, and it is also considered to be a symbol of luck - keep a lucky elephant at the door of your house to protect from bad luck and to stimulate good luck for all who live there. #veterinariansinternational  #elephantappreciationday  #vetsinternational  #vetsintbenefit  #thailand  #elephants  #vets  #veterinary  #veterinarian  #veterinarians  #rescueanimals  #elephants  #animallovers  #elephantlove  #charity  #help  #helpanimals  #nonprofit  #vetstudent  #iloveelephants  #trunksoflove  #elephantlover  #sanctuary  #elephantlovers  #helpthailand  #surin  #natgeo  #nationalgeographic  #๐Ÿ˜
Instead of riding an elephant I decided to go on a park where in I fed and bathed them. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’• swipe right โžก #elephantnaturepark #elephantappreciationday #chiangmaidiary #happywanderer #ccotravelnthoughts #pinaytraveller
People and #animals I adore at #elephantappreciationday2017 #TwoTailsRanch โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโ™ฅ๏ธ #thecavalrygroup #elephants #bears #elephantappreciationday #bearsofinstagram #exoticanimals #bigcats #tigers @twotailsranch @monicawbear @ifyourcoworkerhasatail
We have so much SO much going on in our store today! Henna, chocolate samples, live music, snacks, and SELECT SALES all in the name of elephants! Come say hi and celebrate! #ElephantAppreciationDay ๐Ÿ˜
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#FBF to meeting my favorite animal in the world. It was Elephant Appreciation Day recently and I wanted to make sure I showed them love ๐Ÿ˜ I dream of doing this day all over again constantly. #elephantappreciationday
#FBF  to meeting my favorite animal in the world. It was Elephant Appreciation Day recently and I wanted to make sure I showed them love ๐Ÿ˜ I dream of doing this day all over again constantly. #elephantappreciationday 
Today is both #NationalCoffeyDay and #ElephantAppreciationDay. Two of my favorite things in the world!
โ€‹Superhero cape or baby blanket? You decide. As we say goodbye to our month of appreciation, we'd like to acknowledge the keepers, the supporters, the NGOs, and those who carry these precious pachyderms in their hearts. Do you remember your first encountered with elephants? Was it as a child at the zoo or the circus? Or were you fortunate enough to be mesmerized during your first safariโ€‹? Whatever the occasion, let your memory be your guide (as it is for an elephant) for a lifelong dedication to honor, protect and love these incredible mammals. We all need a cape now and then and so do these little ones. 
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#dswt #elephantvoices #rescue #orphanelephants 
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โ€‹Superhero cape or baby blanket? You decide. As we say goodbye to our month of appreciation, we'd like to acknowledge the keepers, the supporters, the NGOs, and those who carry these precious pachyderms in their hearts. Do you remember your first encountered with elephants? Was it as a child at the zoo or the circus? Or were you fortunate enough to be mesmerized during your first safariโ€‹? Whatever the occasion, let your memory be your guide (as it is for an elephant) for a lifelong dedication to honor, protect and love these incredible mammals. We all need a cape now and then and so do these little ones. #elephantappreciationday  #dswt  #elephantvoices  #rescue  #orphanelephants  #kenya  #samburu  #savetheelephants  #africa  #โ€‹loveโ€‹ #natgeo  #Canon โ€‹ #wildlifephotographer  #stephaniefreidperenchio 
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Happy #ElephantAppreciationDay Gajraj โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
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Happy #ElephantAppreciationDay Gajraj โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
Would you believe me if I said this coloring book was made out of elephant poo?
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Well, sort of. Elephants in Sri Lanka are being killed at an alarming rate. Due to high rates of deforestation, these elephants have nowhere to call home, and therefore are being killed when they get a little too close to villages and farms. .
To help fight deforestation, Mr. Ellie Pooh was created! Basically, the pooh part of the dung is washed away and what is used for the paper is leftover raw cellulose. The vegetation is then boiled in a big pressure pot to kill any bacteria. Then it is combined and mixed with post-consumer paper. Finally, the pulp mixture is screened, pressed and hung to dry. No need to destroy the remaining forests!
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Compared to using virgin wood, paper made with 100% recycled content uses 44% less energy, produces 38% less greenhouse gas emissions, 41% less particulate emissions, 50% less waster water, 49% less solid waste, and of course, 100% less wood. .
Come learn more about Mr. Ellie Pooh THIS Saturday when our store is celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day! See you all there! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ
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#tenthousandvillages #lnk #downtownlnk #ttv #ttvlnk #elephants #recycle #recycling #nowaste #elephantappreciationday #mrelliepooh #fairtrade
Would you believe me if I said this coloring book was made out of elephant poo? . Well, sort of. Elephants in Sri Lanka are being killed at an alarming rate. Due to high rates of deforestation, these elephants have nowhere to call home, and therefore are being killed when they get a little too close to villages and farms. . To help fight deforestation, Mr. Ellie Pooh was created! Basically, the pooh part of the dung is washed away and what is used for the paper is leftover raw cellulose. The vegetation is then boiled in a big pressure pot to kill any bacteria. Then it is combined and mixed with post-consumer paper. Finally, the pulp mixture is screened, pressed and hung to dry. No need to destroy the remaining forests! . Compared to using virgin wood, paper made with 100% recycled content uses 44% less energy, produces 38% less greenhouse gas emissions, 41% less particulate emissions, 50% less waster water, 49% less solid waste, and of course, 100% less wood. . Come learn more about Mr. Ellie Pooh THIS Saturday when our store is celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day! See you all there! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ . . . #tenthousandvillages  #lnk  #downtownlnk  #ttv  #ttvlnk  #elephants  #recycle  #recycling  #nowaste  #elephantappreciationday  #mrelliepooh  #fairtrade 
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What a day to have #Phuzz coming down the bottling line! Look for this semi-dry cider made with #MichiganApples and #peaches to hit stores and taps soon. #StarcutCiders #drinkMIcider #PeachCider #HardCider #ElephantAppreciationDay #๐Ÿ˜ #PickCider #StarcutState
Join us this Saturday for our Elephant Appreciation celebration! We'll have elephant themed treats and snacks, along with discounts on elephant items in the store! #tenthousandvillages #fairtrade #ttvlnk #downtownlincoln #lnk #elephantappreciationday
And this is why I support @elephantaidinternational. Please follow their work and share on any social media outlet you use. You can consider making a contribution as well as they are a very reputable US #nonprofit organization.

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In honor of Elephant Appreciation Day, tell us in the comments... What is something you love about elephants? Donate to ERNA now: elephantaidinternational.org/donate

#elephantappreciationday #elephants #elephant #workinghard #hardwork #elephantlove #SaveElephants #iloveelephants #elephantlover #nonprofit
And this is why I support @elephantaidinternational. Please follow their work and share on any social media outlet you use. You can consider making a contribution as well as they are a very reputable US #nonprofit  organization. #Repost  @elephantaidinternational (@get_repost) ใƒปใƒปใƒป In honor of Elephant Appreciation Day, tell us in the comments... What is something you love about elephants? Donate to ERNA now: elephantaidinternational.org/donate #elephantappreciationday  #elephants  #elephant  #workinghard  #hardwork  #elephantlove  #SaveElephants  #iloveelephants  #elephantlover  #nonprofit 
National Elephant Appreciation Day was last Friday, September 22nd. So go make sure you give our big-boned friends a high five, fist bump, or a head of lettuce. Here's my sketch to commemorate the day created back in 1996.
National Elephant Appreciation Day was last Friday, September 22nd. So go make sure you give our big-boned friends a high five, fist bump, or a head of lettuce. Here's my sketch to commemorate the day created back in 1996.
It's elephant appreciation day!!!! I  just adore these magical beings. Here are some of my most recents works from my elephant collection.
It's elephant appreciation day!!!! I just adore these magical beings. Here are some of my most recents works from my elephant collection.
#elephantappreciationday 
taking the time to appreciate the animals we get to share the earth with. elephantโ€™s are the coolest, most affectionate animal I know of. whatโ€™s your fav? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
#elephantappreciationday  taking the time to appreciate the animals we get to share the earth with. elephantโ€™s are the coolest, most affectionate animal I know of. whatโ€™s your fav? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
#Repost @charmcitycakes with @appreposter Happy #ElephantAppreciationDay !  Did you know that elephant trunks have 40,000 muscles and tendons?  It takes about a year for a baby elephant to learn to use their trunk! ๐Ÿ˜
#Repost  @charmcitycakes with @appreposter Happy #ElephantAppreciationDay  ! Did you know that elephant trunks have 40,000 muscles and tendons? It takes about a year for a baby elephant to learn to use their trunk! ๐Ÿ˜
We would like to thank you all for your support on #elephantappreciationday ! Thanks to you we have been to help make a difference with Save the Elephants! Let's continue to join together and #savetheelephants ๐Ÿ˜โค ๐Ÿ“ธ: Jayne Wynyard Save The Elephants
We would like to thank you all for your support on #elephantappreciationday  ! Thanks to you we have been to help make a difference with Save the Elephants! Let's continue to join together and #savetheelephants  ๐Ÿ˜โค ๐Ÿ“ธ: Jayne Wynyard Save The Elephants
I had an awesome time tabling at Two Tails Ranch this weekend with the Ashton Biological Preserve and fellow conservation groups. Events like these are crucial to teaching people of all ages the importance of conservation and wildlife appreciation/respect. 
Thank you for the pics @hill.catherine!________________________________________

The white snake in the picture is one from my fiance's collection and his name is Alistair. He did fantastic for this all day event with minimal breaks in between the waves of people. Collectively @gsansone4 and I have 5 snakes and one gecko. This is one of our most docile snakes besides my boa, Naomi. You can find pics of our menagerie on his instagram. 
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Disclaimer: All animals owned and handled by us are treated with utmost respect and care. It is our first priority to make sure they are safe and their stress levels stay low. ****Also, if you see yourself or a child in these pictures that you do not want online, please tell me and I will take that picture down. I tried to obscure faces and only post pictures of myself, so I apologize if it isn't good enough. Please message me if you have an issue!**** #conservation #outreach #florida #elephantappreciationday #alachuacounty #archer #lovefl #education #key #startyoung #youngconservationists #lovenature #lovesnakes #snakes #spiders #loveherps #lovearachnids #care #savewildlife #wildlifelife #wildlifeconservation #nature
I had an awesome time tabling at Two Tails Ranch this weekend with the Ashton Biological Preserve and fellow conservation groups. Events like these are crucial to teaching people of all ages the importance of conservation and wildlife appreciation/respect. Thank you for the pics @hill.catherine!________________________________________ The white snake in the picture is one from my fiance's collection and his name is Alistair. He did fantastic for this all day event with minimal breaks in between the waves of people. Collectively @gsansone4 and I have 5 snakes and one gecko. This is one of our most docile snakes besides my boa, Naomi. You can find pics of our menagerie on his instagram. __________________________________________ Disclaimer: All animals owned and handled by us are treated with utmost respect and care. It is our first priority to make sure they are safe and their stress levels stay low. ****Also, if you see yourself or a child in these pictures that you do not want online, please tell me and I will take that picture down. I tried to obscure faces and only post pictures of myself, so I apologize if it isn't good enough. Please message me if you have an issue!**** #conservation  #outreach  #florida  #elephantappreciationday  #alachuacounty  #archer  #lovefl  #education  #key  #startyoung  #youngconservationists  #lovenature  #lovesnakes  #snakes  #spiders  #loveherps  #lovearachnids  #care  #savewildlife  #wildlifelife  #wildlifeconservation  #nature 
Had such a great weekend volunteering with two of the big cats that I fell in love with back home as an intern at Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. It was awesome to see them without having to drive 4 hours, lol! Felt a little less homesick being able to spend time with Athena and Atika ๐Ÿฏโค๏ธ #fysfhonors17 #twotails #twotailsranch #bigcathabitat #elephantappreciationday๐Ÿ˜ #elephantappreciationday #bigcat #bigcathabitat #tigers #tiger #beautiful #cat #cats #exotic #exoticanimals
Had such a great weekend volunteering with two of the big cats that I fell in love with back home as an intern at Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. It was awesome to see them without having to drive 4 hours, lol! Felt a little less homesick being able to spend time with Athena and Atika ๐Ÿฏโค๏ธ #fysfhonors17  #twotails  #twotailsranch  #bigcathabitat  #elephantappreciationday ๐Ÿ˜ #elephantappreciationday  #bigcat  #bigcathabitat  #tigers  #tiger  #beautiful  #cat  #cats  #exotic  #exoticanimals 
@Regrann from @thermocoolng -  Friday 22nd September Marks #ElephantAppreciationDay. Like the popular saying that the"Elephants never forget"
The Haier Thermocool Front Load Automatic Washing Machine (9KG) never forgets! Its Smart Memory System saves your wash progress during an unexpected power outage and continues where it stopped when power is restored so you don't have to start the wash process over again. - #regrann
@Regrann from @thermocoolng - Friday 22nd September Marks #ElephantAppreciationDay . Like the popular saying that the"Elephants never forget" The Haier Thermocool Front Load Automatic Washing Machine (9KG) never forgets! Its Smart Memory System saves your wash progress during an unexpected power outage and continues where it stopped when power is restored so you don't have to start the wash process over again. - #regrann 
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As we take time to appreciate the beauty/wonder of elephants why not join us and spread the love for these gentle giants by sharing this e card that we have created in their honour. ๐Ÿ“ท R.J Walter
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#Repost  @savetheelephants (@get_repost) ใƒปใƒปใƒป As we take time to appreciate the beauty/wonder of elephants why not join us and spread the love for these gentle giants by sharing this e card that we have created in their honour. ๐Ÿ“ท R.J Walter #FunFriday  #Elephantappreciationday 
Itโ€™s #elephantappreciationday so #nowlistening to โ€œElephant In The Roomโ€ #fatjoe #cyhitheprynce โ€” #thisishiphop #hiphopgrille
Friday 22nd September Marks #ElephantAppreciationDay. Like the popular saying that the"Elephants never forget"
The Haier Thermocool Front Load Automatic Washing Machine (9KG) never forgets! Its Smart Memory System saves your wash progress during an unexpected power outage and continues where it stopped when power is restored so you don't have to start the wash process over again.
Friday 22nd September Marks #ElephantAppreciationDay . Like the popular saying that the"Elephants never forget" The Haier Thermocool Front Load Automatic Washing Machine (9KG) never forgets! Its Smart Memory System saves your wash progress during an unexpected power outage and continues where it stopped when power is restored so you don't have to start the wash process over again.
Classic 301 party ๐ŸŽถ #elephantappreciationday  #lovethem #dance
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Not only is today #ElephantAppreciationDay but this weekend we're celebrating Suki and Hanako's 53rd & 54th birthdays! Join us Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 pm to watch both elephants devour special vegan birthday cakes made by their keeper Kadie.
#pdza #tacoma #elephant #asianelephant #birthdayparty #birthdaygirl #happybirthday
"Better late than never"...., I was so busy looking for places to live Yesterday, I missed that it was Elephant Appreciation DAY!! 1 of my All Time Favorite animals. Majestic, Powerful,  Kind, Smart... 'an elephant never forgets'.... So Here's to the Elephants!  ________________________________________#elephant #elephantappreciationday #elephantsofinstagram #blackandwhite #photography #classic #vintage #amazing #powerful #majestic #beautiful #nature
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happy #elephantappreciationday ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
how smart are elephants?! good question Juls ๐Ÿ˜‰ she enjoyed asking questions- proud of her cause I would of been way to shy at her age ๐Ÿ’—#elephants #elephantappreciationday #lovethiskid
Apparently yesterday was #ElephantAppreciationDay ๐Ÿ˜ I still can't believe I was able to feed and be so close to these beautiful animals last month ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ #IMissThailand
Apparently yesterday was #ElephantAppreciationDay  ๐Ÿ˜ I still can't believe I was able to feed and be so close to these beautiful animals last month ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ #IMissThailand 
Roberto showing me a new design we are working on. It's an elephant mug! It looks so big but he's explaining that once it's fired it will be about 16% smaller! Can't wait to see the final product! #elephantsofinstagram #handmade #artisanvisit #sanantoniopalopo #guatemala #elephantappreciationday
โ€ชNever to late for  #ElephantAppreciationDay ๐Ÿ˜ #elephant #cake #eatcake โ€ฌ#cute #babyboy #babycakes
Never to late to be aware and make a change ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค ... #Repost @rizzolibooks
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Today is National #ElephantAppreciationDay, a day to admire, respect, and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike. "We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.โ€ โ€”Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair. Photograph by @davidyarrow from "Wild Encounters: Iconic Photographs of the World's Vanishing Animals and Cultures". #Photography #Wildlife #Conservation #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #nature #elephants
Never to late to be aware and make a change ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค ... #Repost  @rizzolibooks ใƒปใƒปใƒป Today is National #ElephantAppreciationDay , a day to admire, respect, and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike. "We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.โ€ โ€”Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair. Photograph by @davidyarrow from "Wild Encounters: Iconic Photographs of the World's Vanishing Animals and Cultures". #Photography  #Wildlife  #Conservation  #naturephotography  #wildlifephotography  #nature  #elephants 
Apparently it's Elephant Appreciation Day!  Here's my little contribution to the festivities๐Ÿ˜ #elephantappreciationday #watercolorelephant #babyelephant #nurseydecor
I'm a day late. But here are some Elephants for ya. 
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โ€ขโ€ขWho is your favorite Disney Elephant? ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿค”
โ€ขMine is Dumbo. ๐Ÿ˜
#wd #walt #walter #elephant #disneyelephants #disney ๐Ÿ’– #walterdisney #pixardisneymagic โœจ #waltdisney #dumbo #jumbo #msjumbo #hathijr
Spending a beautiful day educating people about beautiful animals who retire to a beautiful place #eleambassador #elephantsanctuary #homerestandrefuge #tenthousandvillages #elephantappreciationday #savetheelephants #volunteer ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ
"There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, and ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea."-Peter Matthiessen 
I'll never forget the joy and chaos of an elephant sneaking up on our campsite. Looking up and seeing a trunk in the not so distant shadows is something I wish could happen more often. #elephantappreciationday #gentlegiants #savetheelepahnts ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’› PC: @jeanatravels
"There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, and ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea."-Peter Matthiessen I'll never forget the joy and chaos of an elephant sneaking up on our campsite. Looking up and seeing a trunk in the not so distant shadows is something I wish could happen more often. #elephantappreciationday  #gentlegiants  #savetheelepahnts  ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’› PC: @jeanatravels
Let's rewind 2 years, to a time where I was simply a starry eyed girl fresh off the plane, with no clue about Asia or responsible tourism in general. We all started somewhere, right? 
Ok, so you know that meme floating around these days... it's all "I love animals, but I don't want to give people who make animals live in cages money, but I also want to see animals because I love animals!"... Well, that is totally me in a nutshell. I have always been absolutely fascinated by elephants, so as you can imagine, the first thing I did after getting to Koh Lanta in Thailand was to fork over a stupid amount of money to go and ride an elephant. I was stoked, like the stoke level was SO REAL. It only took a matter of about twenty minutes at the "sanctuary" to realize that the people running this place were abusing these magnificent animals. I'll never forget the first time I saw a man hit an elephant in the head with a bull hook. I screamed at him, which only stressed out my girl and caused her to stop walking. He hit her again.
This went on and on and on. I argued, and pleaded, but I never once turned around and left. This still haunts me.  I should have done more. Why didn't I do something? .
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Fast forward to today. As a traveler, I strive to stay educated and informed, sustainable and conscious of my personal impact on the growing tourism industry. I'm not writing this to show you how much better I am than the average tourist. I'm writing this to show you that we ALL started somewhere. The human fascination with animals and beauty is not a crime, and is not something to be squandered. It's something to embraceโฃ๏ธ. It is essential that in our quest for mystery and experience, we remember that we hold a power that animals do not- CHOICE.
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In honor of #ElephantAppreciationDay I implore you to be a traveler, not a tourist. Educate yourself, be mindful, be conscious, BE KIND. And never ever ever ride an elephant! These are complex and highly intelligent creatures. Be fascinated...marvel at their splendor, but do so with caution. Use that crafty human brain of yours to find an elephant encounter that puts the elephants & their well-being first. ๐Ÿ˜
Let's rewind 2 years, to a time where I was simply a starry eyed girl fresh off the plane, with no clue about Asia or responsible tourism in general. We all started somewhere, right? Ok, so you know that meme floating around these days... it's all "I love animals, but I don't want to give people who make animals live in cages money, but I also want to see animals because I love animals!"... Well, that is totally me in a nutshell. I have always been absolutely fascinated by elephants, so as you can imagine, the first thing I did after getting to Koh Lanta in Thailand was to fork over a stupid amount of money to go and ride an elephant. I was stoked, like the stoke level was SO REAL. It only took a matter of about twenty minutes at the "sanctuary" to realize that the people running this place were abusing these magnificent animals. I'll never forget the first time I saw a man hit an elephant in the head with a bull hook. I screamed at him, which only stressed out my girl and caused her to stop walking. He hit her again. This went on and on and on. I argued, and pleaded, but I never once turned around and left. This still haunts me. I should have done more. Why didn't I do something? . . . Fast forward to today. As a traveler, I strive to stay educated and informed, sustainable and conscious of my personal impact on the growing tourism industry. I'm not writing this to show you how much better I am than the average tourist. I'm writing this to show you that we ALL started somewhere. The human fascination with animals and beauty is not a crime, and is not something to be squandered. It's something to embraceโฃ๏ธ. It is essential that in our quest for mystery and experience, we remember that we hold a power that animals do not- CHOICE. . . In honor of #ElephantAppreciationDay  I implore you to be a traveler, not a tourist. Educate yourself, be mindful, be conscious, BE KIND. And never ever ever ride an elephant! These are complex and highly intelligent creatures. Be fascinated...marvel at their splendor, but do so with caution. Use that crafty human brain of yours to find an elephant encounter that puts the elephants & their well-being first. ๐Ÿ˜
Apparently I missed #elephantappreciationday yesterday. So here's a sneak peek of the cutest elephant ever! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ป
Apparently I missed #elephantappreciationday  yesterday. So here's a sneak peek of the cutest elephant ever! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ป
This is what we call charismatic mega-fauna. Love these giants. #elephants
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Happy #ElephantAppreciationDay Gajraj โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜