Their intelligence. Elephants understand that ivory is the reason they’re being killed. There are very, very few big bulls with big ivory left in the world, and the two or three still in Tsavo have become nocturnal. I’ve seen a bull with big tusks by the road turn his back, trying to hide the ivory.
So I was watching one of those elephant documentaries and some guy walked over to the elephants and the elephants all crowded round to look at him and stroke him with their trunks.
And it reminded me how when there’s a cat in the garden my entire family will go out and cuddle it.
Elephants think humans are cute.
Now we know what elephants blog about.
a series of paintings i made for my family as holiday gifts. it loosely revolves around the theme of “zoochory,” or seed dispersal by animals (via digestion and poop = “endozoochory”). some of these relationships only exist in an agricultural context (kopi luwak coffee, bat and the non-native apple guava), but i guess that’s what happens when you pick plants that are also human-favored food items.
Lots more views of each comparison at the links. The book also has pretty thorough descriptions of notable anatomical mistakes common in art, and how to avoid them.