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The elephants were being slaughtered in masses.
by Richard Leakey

The elephants were being slaughtered in masses.
Some were even killed in the vicinity of big tourist hotels.
- Richard Leakey

Sadly, I am not able to take part in the fieldwork myself so much anymore,
as both of my legs were amputated following an airplane crash twelve years ago.
- Richard Leakey

Whether or not all this came to pass in an East African ditch,
I wouldn't like to say.
Perhaps it happened in North Africa or further west,
but Africa was definitely the place.
- Richard Leakey

Earlier, 100,000 elephants lived in Kenya and we didn't
have any noteworthy problem with it.
The problem that we have is not that there are now more elephants.
- Richard Leakey

 

Paleoanthropology is not a science that ends with the discovery of a bone.
One has to have the original to work with.
It is a life-long task.
- Richard Leakey

We think that groups of between 30 and 40 early men
would have settled in an area measuring a hundred square kilometers.
- Richard Leakey

Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia,
anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance.
- Richard Leakey

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It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya,
which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads.
- Richard Leakey

Scientific innovations continually provide us with
new means of analyzing the finds.
- Richard Leakey

The problem is that during the 1980s,
a decade of heavy poaching, the elephants retreated to safer areas.
And now people have moved into the corridors once used by the elephants.
- Richard Leakey

I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa.
- Richard Leakey

The land is not in the least bit fertile and yet the
cattle herds grow larger and larger.
A cow represents capital investment here.
- Richard Leakey

I can't think of any other region in the world which
is such a vast source of fossils.
- Richard Leakey

To investigate the history of man's development,
the most important finds are, of course,
hominid fossils.
- Richard Leakey

We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will
shed light on the connection between this upright,
walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
- Richard Leakey

Primates need good nutrition, to begin with.
Not only fruits and plants, but insects as well.
- Richard Leakey

I would hazard a guess that we have found fossilized
human remains of at least a thousand different specimens
in South and East Africa,
more or less complete at that.
I think this is where the prelude to human history
was primarily played out.
- Richard Leakey

For fossils to thrive, certain favorable circumstances are required.
First of all, of course, remnants of life have to be there.
These then need to be washed over with water as soon as possible,
so that the bones are covered with a layer of sediment.
- Richard Leakey

A number of scientists with greatly different backgrounds
can come up with completely different assessments.
The discussions or controversies are endless.
Once a year, we try to bring the most important discoverers
together to exchange their experiences and knowledge.
- Richard Leakey

One should not forget that there are very few surviving items from this period,
often just single, small bones, a tooth,
a sliver of the skull.
Categorizing these pieces can be very difficult.
- Richard Leakey

We are concerned that, in a few years time,
this place of discovery, with its wealth of human fossils,
the like of which can be found nowhere else in the world,
could be completely destroyed.
- Richard Leakey

Elephants can live to an age of up to 70 or 80 years
and they have a good memory.
It could be they come across an area that is experiencing a drought.
Then they continue on their path and run into people.
- Richard Leakey

Trumpet in a herd of elephants;
crow in the company of cocks;
bleat in a flock of goats.
- Malayan Proverb

I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right.
I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants
running around in donkey clothes.
- Al Sharpton

I have a memory like an elephant.
In fact, elephants often consult me.
- Noel Coward

Helmet was joined to helmet, and spear to spear,
and jewels, baggage, and elephants without number went with them,
and you would have said it was a host that none could understand.
- Ferdowsi

The whole new Democratic Party is the old Republican Party.
We have a whole bunch of elephants running around in donkey's clothes.
- Robert Novak

Elephants are contagious.
- Paul Eluard

Women are like elephants.
I like to look at 'em, but I wouldn't want to own one.
- W. C. Fields

Elephants and grandchildren never forget.
- Andy Rooney

Psychoanalysts and elephants, they never forget.
- Arthur Laurents

Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure.
To find something obscure poses no difficult,
elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Well, the big elephant in the whole system is the baby
boomer generation that marches through like a herd of elephants.
And we begin to retire in 2008.
- Lindsey Graham

It's hard for the donkeys to win the race if they're
going to carry the elephants on their backs.
- Jim Hightower

Everything that I love is behind those gates.
We have elephants, and giraffes, and crocodiles,
and every kind of tigers and lions.
And - and we have bus loads of kids,
who don't get to see those things.
They come up sick children, and enjoy it.
- Michael Jackson

I will be doing a film called Whispers,
for Disney.
It's about elephants, and doesn't have any people in it.
It will be a live action film - I don't know how much I can say about it,
since I still don't know too much about it.
- Trevor Rabin

One researcher just determined that African and Indian
elephants make each other sick.
When a new animal or plant is introduced to a habitat bad things happen.
The biggest danger to native wildlife is foreign wildlife.
- Robert T. Bakker

And the political system is changing rapidly in this country,
and we better realize that.
The elephants or donkeys are not what younger people look to.
They look at individual candidates' philosophy,
and I think it's a different time and a different generation.
- Richard M. Daley

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We would never have a word for Joy
if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

We could never learn to be brave and patient,
if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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