Their mission at Save the Elephants is to secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
Matt - named after Matthew's Range in Northern Kenya, was one of Samburu's few remaining large bulls; identifiable by his sheer size and asymmetrical tusks. Collared by Save the Elephants in 2008, the 45 year old stood at an impressive height of about 10ft and lumbered impressively large tusks around. But this is not all that was remarkable about him. Matt was one of the few elephants with outstanding survival techniques; which he used effectively over the years as poaching rose. Most striking was his ability to travel very long distances from one haven to another. He had been known to cover huge distances of over 300km from the North to the South of East Kenya.
Hence the Save the Elephants team came up with the title of this portrait I painted of him 'Matt-The Long Ranger'.