In 2003, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, together with San Diego Zoo Global, airlifted 11 elephants from Swaziland, Africa, a small southern African country, where they faced being killed because “elephant overpopulation was destroying its habitat.” Four of those elephants arrived at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and seven went to San Diego. Although three of the original four still reside in Tampa, the fourth, a bull named Msholo, relocated to San Diego Zoo Global on breeding loan in 2009. Originally born in South Africa (Kruger), Msholo was recently sent to Zoo Atlanta (July 2019).

Msholo, a now 11,000 lb 30-year old male, served an important role within the Safari Park herd by providing a dominant male figure that helped teach and develop the male calves into well-behaved young bulls.

Illegal trafficking for ivory and human-wildlife conflict represent significant threats for African elephants. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed for the illegal ivory trade each year, and, appallingly, the U.S. remains one of the world’s largest importers of ivory. (Click hereClick here to learn more about why that is.)



Gawa’s mama, Galana, is an ex-orphan rescued and raised by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. The fact that Gawa is even here is something of a miracle.

Keith Kaminski’s talent as an artist was first realized in grammar school when he was invited to join an advanced art class. He continued his artistic education, which culminated in a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a concentration in computer graphics. An interest in computer animation led him to a career in commercial production, where he progressed to the position of producer for one of Chicago’s leading advertising agencies and after relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area, a senior user experience producer with a Fortune 50 bank. He’s inspired by the painting style of master impressionist Gustave Caillebotte, the photorealism of Thomas Arvid and the composition of David Leffel. Being a self-taught oil painter brings about daily challenge, discipline, revelation and joy.

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