Happy 80th Birthday to Dame Daphne Sheldrick!

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: Our Blog has MOVED!

In the fall of 2013, the Wildlife Film Festival welcomed Dame Daphne Sheldrick to Jackson Hole to accept our Outstanding Achievement Award. During Dame Daphne’s time in Jackson Hole, she shared incredible experiences, stories, and knowledge, impacting many who attended. You can see Dame Daphne’s keynote speech at the Festival below:

A volunteer at the Festival, Zach Montes later went on to work with the Sheldrick family in Kenya:

“When I approached Dame Daphne Sheldrick to have my copy of Love Life and Elephants signed at last years Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, I never expected that six months later, I’d literally be walking in her footsteps (and the much larger footprints of the elephants that constantly surround her. Thanks to the generosity of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work with the venerated Sheldrick family in Kenya. For two unforgettable…

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Whats wrong with wearing Lipstick in the bush??

I always wear lipstick, mostly red. Now..I dont leave my lipstick home when I go to the bush. Goes into my little bag and thats it! When I feel the need to put it on, I do. My hair might not have been brushed for the whole week, but I will have lipstick on.  Even if an Impala is going to be a meal for the lioness stalking it, whilst we are watching, I will put lipstick on.  I mean, what is wrong with that? 🙂 I do however, constantly get disgusting looks from other half when I do, as he gets irritated.  Unfortunately that is his problem  I reckon I have to look my best for this big occasion. Our favourite Game Ranger/Guide at our favourite and special Private Game Reserve, always asks me on our regular visit “Did you pack your lipstick?”. Of course I did!..sometimes I give him a little dirty look when he asks the question. I also put lipstick on when we stop for our sundowners. Its a special time of the day. Watching the sun going down in Africa and sipping a Gin&Tonic with a slice of lemon or a glass of Merlot. Just the way I like it. The lips have to be red for this of course as I cant celebrate this wonderful moment, not looking my best.  So next time you come across a woman at a lion kill putting on red lipstick, you know its me. A little wave will be okay. I will then know you have read this. Have a great day


Brood Parasite Hosts
The Arrow-marked Babbler sometimes finds itself foster-parent to a young Levaillant’s Cuckoo, sometimes called a Striped-breasted Cuckoo which it rears together with its own chicks. The Levaillant’s Cuckoo (Clamator levaillantii), a resident breeding species in Africa south of the Sahara is a brood parasite, using the nests of bulbuls and babblers including the Arrow-marked Babbler.

We have currently a brood of Cuckoos being fed and reared by the much smaller Arrow-marked Babblers in our garden.  I feel quite sorry for the Arrow-marks. The Cuckoos are extremely demanding and they want their food.  No excuses.  its lovely though to see them and its very entertaining.  But the NOISE!