Lake Malawi has been earmarked for oil exploration, yet millions of Malawians rely on it for food, income, and drinking and cleaning water. Even more take pride in the lake’s unparalleled beauty. It is an eco-tourist drawcard. Malawians know that were oil to be developed in the lake, profits would be shipped abroad and an already poor population would be left stripped of their most precious natural resource.
Lake Malawi is the jewel in the crown of the country’s tourist attractions. It occupies one fifth of the country and is almost 600km long. Economically the lake supplies work for fishermen, net makers, canoe makers and of course fish traders. It is home to some 450 species of freshwater tropical fish (including an impressive array of cichlids), spectacular birdlife, including kingfisher, fish eagle, heron, jacana, egret and white-breasted cormorant.
But nature-based tourism and mineral extraction cannot effectively coexist.
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After this Lawrence made a life changing decision, he went to live with the elephants. In his book he recounts the pains and obstacles he went through to reach his goal: the trust and friendship of the herd and ultimately their love and respect. He and his wife became so close with the elephants, than when his first grandchild was born, he went down to show the child to the herd, earning a lengthy silent treatment from his daughter in law.
The herds had been away for one and a half years, till that fateful Sunday, when they came marching back. How did they know that their human friend was gone so suddenly? Did they develop a connection so strong they felt the emptiness of his parting, like the ripples in a pond? No one can answer for sure, all we can be sure is that amid the turmoil of their fear, they found a friend who would listen and protect them. Lawrence said they taught him how to understand, through whispers in the air; perhaps this visit was to whisper a last goodbye.
“The Elephant Whisperer: Learning about Life, Loyalty and Freedom from a remarkable herd of elephants” by Anthony Lawrence and Spence Graham.
The Crying of the Elephants. – reblogged from TabooJive