First Lady Of The United States, Melania Trump, Visits The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Kenya; Hopefully This Will Influence President Trump To Enact Protection For Elephants In The Wild
Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant with a bottle at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo from AFP.
Taking a much-needed break from covering the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to sabotage the Endangered Species Act and negatively impact some of the world’s most iconic animals, comes the ironic news that First Lady Melania Trump is visiting orphaned elephants in Africa.
With a much different agenda than President Trump’s, the First Lady of The United States has been spending her time appreciating the programs, people, and animals in Africa; many of whom her husband has both offended and threatened with choices that may bring many species to certain extinction in the wild.
According to the First Lady’s office, the main focus of the trip is health care for mothers and babies, children’s education, and efforts by the United States to support African countries attaining “self-reliance.”
President Trump tweeted yesterday that “Our country’s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. The people love her, and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see.”
After spending the majority of the trip addressing those important issues, Melania also made time to meet with the animals; their visit was equally beautiful to witness, and impactful.
Photos that emerged earlier today showed Melania enjoying her visit to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage and Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation organization in the world, and one of the pioneering conservation non-profits for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
The First Lady appeared to be present and focused on the animals and Africa’s conservation efforts; and not the false and so-called “CON-servation” efforts that involve the hunting and killing of innocent and endangered species.
In a refreshing light, Melania was captured on camera smiling and laughing, even bottle-feeding a baby elephant. She also fed two elephants that were raised at Nairobi National Park and affectionally petted the others.
“As part of her extensive visit to the park, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, takes part in feeding a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust located at the Nairobi National Park,” Kenya Wildlife Service shared on its Facebook page.
The comments on the post were varied, as would be expected, with some people appreciating Melania’s visit and “good” intention, while others questioned it and took the opportunity to express their opinions about some of the President’s views pertaining to Africa and the hunting of its wildlife.
Photo from the U.S. Embassy
After spending quality time with the animals, a quick safari took place during which Melania learned more about some of the steps the East African Nation is taking to conserve elephants, rhinos, and other imperiled species.
As new and old questions continue to swirl regarding the Trumps, and the Trump administration’s policies, we pray that somewhere, somehow, Melania Trump’s visit to Africa may, in fact, positively influence the President.
The people and animals of Africa deserve better. The world deserves protection for all species.
The late, great, and remarkable, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 1977 in honor of the memory of her husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE.