Thinking about wild animals, you might think that they are dangerous, brutal, unruly, and might kill you. However, those characteristics are not truly their nature, those animals might get wild sometimes only when they think that danger is approaching.
Naturally, wild animals are the ones that love the most, both to their kinds and the nature. Not only that, in some occasions, even the wild animals are the one that save human from dangers, instead of giving them the dangers.
Most of the time, even we all as human are the ones who bring danger to them by poaching, hunting, wiping out their habitats, and commonly contributing to global warming. It is probably the reason why they tend to attack us when we meet wild animals, especially the big ones.
They see us as a thread, and that’s not their fault. However, this dispute between human and wild animals can be terminated once what we show is love, instead of harm. Here we show you how human and wild animals can build such a relationship that will end the ‘corrupted’ stereotype about them based on an article in The Richest.
Being the child of two French wildlife photographers, Tippi Degre had to follow wherever her parents go to do their jobs. Most of the time, she had to go with her parents to the wild and spend most of her childhood in many African countries.
At those occasions, she often came into contact with wild animals that surrounded her family. Instead of getting terrified with the danger and the size of those animals, Tippi chose to try to befriend them, and it worked.
She befriended some particular elephants, lion cubs, zebras, snakes, and many other animals during her wildlife experience. Being pretty close with wild animals since the early stage of life, she then grew up into an animal activist that travels all around the world to make documentaries and help conservation efforts.
While Tippi Degre befriended wild animals naturally, Shaun Ellis did it by choice. Spending his early life normally like anybody else, while he came into adult stage he chose to spend a lot of his time to live with various wolf packs.
He had been living with wolves in captivity to help them raise their pups, and spent more that two years in the wild to live with wild wolves for research purpose and study the beautiful animal. Even when he took some pause living with the animal, he still lived in the proximity of wolf packs.
On his research, he concentrated in learning how to use the wolves’ perspective to get them away from the biggest threat to all animals, human. During his time living together with wolves, he befriended many packs of wolves and the wolves also treated him like a member of the group.
Goodall is one of the most well-known field researchers in the world, thanks to her dedication in learning about the behavior of chimpanzee. She was known for her work with Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, from 1960s.
She worked in her research form more than 30 years and during the time she conducted the research, she developed a strong bond with the chimpanzees. Until now, she remains the only human to be able to be accepted into a troupe of chimpanzee.
Not only being accepted by the group, she also used her time in the troupe to answer some unanswered questions about the animal. The questions included the intelligence of the animal, and their ability to use some tools to solve their problems.
Ssebunya’s story might be kind of similar to the fictional story of Tarzan. Being orphaned since about two years old when his father killed her mother and then fled, he had to survive without any care of adults since then.
Although other children might not be able to survive without any care of adults at that age, Ssebunya could do it with the help of a group of monkeys. The monkey first brought some foods such as nuts and fruits for Ssebunya and taught him to run from any dangers by climbing trees.
Ssebunya said that 5 monkeys approached him when they found out that he was alone without any help and took him to the group two weeks after the first encounter. Now, Ssebunya has learned how to live normal life since a villager found him and a couple adopted him.
When you think about gorilla, you might come to a figure of brute giant with enormous strength which rules the forest. But that’s not the image that Dian Fossey pictured in her mind during her time living together with the animal.
She spent years in Congo and Rwanda to observe the animal and in several months since she started her mission, she became familiar and able to socialize with them. she told her story in a book which even then adapted into a movie the Gorilla In The Mist.
Sadly, she couldn’t tell more story about how she lived with the amazing animal since she was murdered in 1985. Up until now, there is still no clear closure about the tragedy since there is no clear evidence to solve the murder of the conservationist and researcher.
At the age of five, Chapman was kidnapped and driven into Colombian jungle where she couldn’t find any human life around. Similar to Ssebunya’s story, Marina Chapman was nurtured by a group of Capuchin monkeys when she was a child.
However, instead of getting approached by the animals, she was the one who approached the monkeys first. At first the monkeys didn’t give any attention to the little girl, but as time went by they started to allow her to live with them.
She learned to scavenge for foods to survive and some basic survival acts thanks to the monkey. She spent about five years living with the monkeys before hunters found her and kidnapped her again. She escaped from the hunters when they brought her to Bradford, United Kingdom, and learned how to live normal life since then.