David Shepherd Art of Survival Award WINNER 2021


Kichwa Tembo - The Head Elephant

Martin Aveling

The hyena den was bathed in that slanting sunlight of the golden hour before nightfall, and we felt at peace with life hanging out on the plains of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya. Our Japanese hire car would talk and sing to us at every opportunity when the keys were engaged, and none of us knew how to mute it, so I had removed them from the ignition and dropped them in my lap. I turned to smile in shared contentment at my partner, Amy in the passenger seat, and to our friend Charlotte in the back.

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I wrote this as a guest blog for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF). The experiences I have in nature often translate onto the page. My artwork, 'Kichwa Tembo' received a highly commended at the recent 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' exhibition, and is available to buy until Sunday 28th June when the exhibition closes. 50% of the proceeds will go towards protecting endangered wildlife, like wild elephants.

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