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The Gift of Life – Fostering an Orphan African Elephant or Rhino for Christmas: Meet My Fostered Orphan Kitirua & Learn About My 10% Donation Offer


Temple of the Sacred Heart by Tania Marie

This is the second year my Christmas gift of love is in giving to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and to a sweet little orphaned African elephant named Kitirua.

I’m big on giving in meaningful ways and I was drawn to this organization’s dedication to endangered species such as the amazing elephants and black rhinos, as well as to the preservation and protection of the African wilderness. There are many ways one can give. This is just one option that can help to make a difference and give hope to one of the precious orphans of poaching.

I feel a deep connection with elephants and to bringing awareness to their protection. This is one of the reasons for my painting Temple of the Sacred Heart – to honor the endangered elephants, alongside sharing their wisdom for our spiritual evolution. (To find more unique gifts with this painting on them visit: Heart Creations by Tania Marie)

For every purchase of the original, prints, or gift items of Temple of the Sacred Heart I will donate 10% to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.



I was particularly drawn to Kitirua because of our sharing the same birthday. Call it kismet, destiny, or soul and heart connection….I chose to foster Kitirua again, for another year to ensure her well-being and care for the promise of a future. I also saw and felt in her, from her photos, a shared spiritedness, strength and heart that mirrored my own.

Kitirua was born on February 26, 2009. My birthday is February 26, 1973. We are 26 years apart. That’s a lot of 26 energy! The number 26 has a lot of significance and meaning not only in my own life and numerologically, but also in terms of a bigger picture I was led to research once. I won’t go into it all here, but needless to say I have the number 26 tattooed inside of my left wrist in Mayan numbers. 😉 And it felt to be a sign and connection between Kitirua and I, and something bigger to be of service with for me.

If you would like to be part of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphans fostering program, or would like to donate to their organization, please visit: The Gift of Life.

If you decide to become a foster parent, you will receive monthly updates for 1 year, on your chosen orphan, a printable fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your newly fostered orphan, along with monthly watercolor paintings of the orphans, all via email – they designed the fostering program to be totally digital to keep costs low so that there are no cumbersome overhead costs and to preserve our natural resources. The idea is that these can be printed off and a journal be kept of progress of your precious little one and reintegration back into the wild.

This is what is truly unique about their project is that each of these orphans will eventually lead wild lives again, and you can be part of that rewarding process.

You can foster both elephants and rhinos, which can be an extremely rewarding and educational gift for any adult or child.

If you would like to give a fostering packet along with a fostering gift, please contact Nancy Hattabaugh at or (317) 610-3423.

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