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elephants

Gwenn Seemel
It takes a herd to raise a child (African elephant)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Whenever I see elephants I think of two things: of my old friend who loves these animals and of a particularly distasteful conversation about elephants that I overheard two kids having at the zoo and that I describe in this post. To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Children can even be raised by an extended family of individuals brought together by blood or by choice.

Like many ungulates, male and female African elephants live in separate groups. Led by a matriarch, female herds are composed of related and unrelated elephants, all of them working together to raise the calves.