Wait Elephant

Flora prepares to pack her trunk once more -- but where's she headed?

Perhaps she can teach them the spaghetti trick, or her barber routine.

"Africa would be a great risk," worries former Ahali board member Judy Peil. Besides the dangers on the ground, there are the intangibles involved in transporting a 7,000-pound elephant and teaching her how to forage in the wild.

David Balding with Flora
David Balding with Flora

Balding, she believes, never considered any of this when he adopted Flora. "He didn't think," says Peil, her tone equal parts affectionate and exasperated. "Here was this darling little elephant who needed a home. But she's gonna outlive us all."

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