Little guy was so fun to paint! Having his head up look at me is just positive affirmation for me keep my head up during stressful times, too.
This type of commensalism relationship is seen all over the world, in many different species, and in many different ways.
Noticing these relationships in nature allows us to understand that we’re all connected in some way or another. This type of bird partially depends on another living being for survival. Although the elephant doesn’t get any substantial benefit from the bee-eater’s company, who’s to say they aren’t getting along?
Nature has a wonderful way of showing us a vibrant life filled with connections and opportunities for growth. In what ways has being in nature helped you out in life? I know it’s helped me tremendously!
Finished and printed, this piece shows playfulness, while offering scientifically accurate information as well.African elephants are listed as vulnerable and are often hunted for their tusks and poached illegally. There are many organizations that help these wonderful creatures survive, and helping them out, will help the elephants out too. Check out the Nature Conservancy, African Wildlife Foundation, and National Geographic for more information.
Happy Trekking, all!