Elephant – Rulph Stutchburry at House of Books Zimbabwe
In Africa, elephants and people have lived side by side for thousands of years. Today, however, African elephants (Loxodonta Africana) are categorised as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. They are a valuable asset, the benefits they bring outweigh the costs of their conservation. The elephant is part of the collective imagination of the continent, part of Africa’s soul, a symbol of liberty on the open plains. We cannot control or manage wild populations of elephants but we can control our own human behaviour for their benefit or destruction.