I saw your story in the July/August issue about elephants in Botswana and wanted to share my own experience. My fascination with the animals began 20 years ago, when I read a book by conservationist Iain Douglas-Hamilton about his studies of their behavior. Shortly after I was asked to make a film about elephant poaching in Kenya, where Iain lives. I found him as soon as I arrived and told him I wanted to donate part of my salary to support his research. We began a warm friendship and have worked together ever since. Iain’s organization, Save the Elephants, is primarily based in the Samburu National Reserve, where his wife, Oria, has opened Elephant Watch Camp. Guests of the camp can follow scientists and elephants in the bush. I brought my kids, Elettra and Roberto, to visit five years ago. Elettra was so impressed, she volunteered there the next summer and decided to study biomedicine at the London School of Economics. Roberto wants to volunteer next year when he’s 18. Iain is proof that something you love can actually become a profession. It’s been very inspirational.
Actress, Bellport, New York
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your May/June cover. It is original, daring, and certain to attract a lot of attention. I love it.
President and CEO, Cartier North America
The Gulf Coast Trudges On
In our July/August issue, Michael and Jane Stern wrote “Southern Louisiana’s Best Restaurants,” which went to press before the tragic oil spill off the Gulf Coast. Michael sent us an update from New Orleans.
“Oil spill be damned—Louisianans remain undaunted. In the words of Sal Sunseri of P&J Oyster Company in New Orleans, ‘We know what to do in troubled times: Work hard and play harder. Eat, drink, and celebrate our heritage.’ His comments were a prelude to the hugely successful New Orleans Oyster Festival, held on June 5 and 6, which featured food from great restaurants all around the city and sent proceeds to Save Our Coast, which has developed a long-term monitoring program to track the environmental impacts of the oil spill. The next weekend crowds turned out again for a multi-festival party, including the Creole Tomato Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival, and the Cajun/Zydeco Festival.” To donate to Save Our Coast, go to saveourlake.org.