I was at a metaphysical fair in CO this spring and a woman who looked familiar sat down at my table. I was happy to find out that she was Sue Z. — the woman who had asked me to talk to the elephants in the Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary in Africa in 2012.
Sue wanted to check in with one of the elephants we’d talked to previously — a female elephant named Sities.
The first thing Sities said when I connected to her was, “I’m a BIG girl now!” She showed me that she was no longer in the nursery and was now living with a herd of elephants in the “wild” part of the sanctuary. Sue confirmed that Sities had indeed “graduated” to living with a herd outside the sanctuary compound.
I asked Sities what it was like living with a herd . . . she flooded me with feelings of how wonderful it was for her. It didn’t matter that this was not her biological family, they welcomed her in and treated her like she belonged, like she was a part of them, without hesitation. Sities said, “I have a family now.” Her joy at knowing and feeling this was overwhelming — as I felt her joy, I began to cry. Sities showed me that her favorite thing was when all the elephants would stand close together in a tight group, completely surrounding her . . . the other elephants touching her, caressing her all over with their trunks — while she touched them in the same way. Sities said, “I feel safe and loved now”. It was unbelievably touching and powerful to experience this from Sities’ perspective.
Sue asked if Sities was ever visited by her caregiver from the nursery. Sities said that her caregiver did visit her. Sities said that she always knows when he is near — he does not get too close to the herd — and she always comes running to see him! Sities said that “her friend” (the caregiver) always brings her a special treat (it appeared to be sort of like a flat biscuit-like treat) and that he rubs her head in the way she likes. Sue confirmed that this is the way that the caregivers interact with the elephants once they are released to a herd — and confirmed that the special treats are what Sities showed me.
Sue wanted to know how Sities was feeling about her Mother’s death, now that some time had passed. Sities said she was no longer sad because her Mother has been coming to visit her in Spirit. Sities said, “My mother is beautiful again and has her long, beautiful tusks back. She said she is safe and happy now.” Sities showed me that when her Mother in Spirit visits her, that they stand very close together — loving energy flowing between them.
I thanked Sities for talking to us and asked her if there was anything else she wanted us to know. Sities thanked us for talking to her and said, “It’s good to know that people we (“we” meaning elephants in the sanctuary) don’t even know care about us.” This too touched my heart deeply and brought tears to my eyes.
Sue then asked if we could talk to a male baby elephant named Jasari. When I connected to Jasari, I felt he was young and small compared to the other baby elephants in the nursery. Sue confirmed that this was true.
Sue asked me to see if Jasari remembered how he came to be at the sanctuary. He showed me that he remembered standing next to his mother, then feeling frozen in place (to me it felt like he was in shock). Much later, Jasari remembered was that he was lying on the ground — he said he remembered men standing over him and then loosing consciousness. The next thing Jasari showed me was being in an enclosed space that was bouncing around. Jabari said there were people with him, “They were nice and trying to help me. They wanted me to live.” After a very long ride, Jasari came to the sanctuary nursery. Sue confirmed that Jasari was found a very long way from the sanctuary, that he was transported to the sanctuary by plane and truck and that he almost died.
I asked Jasari if he liked living at the sanctuary. He showed me that he was nervous at first. But Jasari showed me touching everything with his trunk (the walls, the floor, the bedding, the food, the people) and finally he knew he was safe! Jabari told me that the people at the sanctuary were nice and that the food was always good! He said he was very happy at the sanctuary.
Sue told me that Jasari was a white elephant and wanted to know if he knew he was different because of his color. I asked Jasari the question: do you know that you’re different because of your color? He seemed confused by the question and didn’t answer me for a few moments. Finally Jasari said, “But I’m just me!”
Truth, simple and clear!
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