Category Archive: elephants

Stopping Wildlife Poachers Isn’t Easy and Can’t Be By "Us"

The elephant that charged me. During my Peace Corps years in Togo, I lived on the edge of a wildlife preserve called Le Fosse aux lions. Created out of what once had been… Continue reading


As I’ve written about the elephant that charged me in 1990 and about the death of the small herd that elephant came from, I couldn’t resist posting these, pictures of members of that… Continue reading

Iraq and the Elephant

For me, the current Iraq fiasco is tied to an incident in northern Togo on August 2, 1990, though through a connection of media and coincidence, nothing more. The two events become a… Continue reading

Dust and Smoke

Harmattan dust comes down from the Sahara each December, fogging the views of Mt. Bombouaka, to the east, and Mt. Nassiet, to the west, filtering sunlight all through the early months of each… Continue reading