Syrian Elephant


swimming elephant s

Elephants once roamed in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.  This species became extinct about 100 BC due to overhunting for ivory.  I discovered this fact at the “Assyria to Iberia” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains spectacular carved ivory art.

ivory hand s

Once again we are in danger of losing elephant species; one prediction has African elephants reaching extinction in 2020.  Asian elephants are even more endangered; there are less than 30,000 left in the wild.  Not only hunting for ivory is at fault this time.  Habitat loss (as usual) is also a factor.  And poachers are also looking for ingredients for traditional Asian medicine.

swimming elephant close up s

I saw a photo of a swimming elephant that captivated me, and then looked at many others online.  In my collage I made the elephant out of rock, sinking as it tries to swim.  I hope human efforts can help these beautiful creatures survive this time.

You can see the rest of the “endangered species” series here:

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3 responses to “Syrian Elephant”

  1. JoAnn Chateau says :

    Beautiful, eloquent collage!

    Have you read Elephant Company (by Croke)? It reveals much about the elephant character.


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