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Elephants in heaven

In „Elephants in Heaven“ is an exhibition that declares his love of the animals and inhabitants of Africa. Joachim takes us on a very personal journey to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where he documented orphaned elephant children, their guardians, and their daily fight against poachers. His aim is to bring further attention to the plight of elephants and to raise awareness of the cruel impact of poaching these wonderful animals.


Orphan Elephants 2009-2013

The Orphan elephants of „The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust“
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is for many orphan-elephants the only chance to survive. Since 1977 they rescue orphan elephants babies from all over Kenya, many victims of poaching or human-wildlife conflict and raises them until they are no longer milk dependent. So the babies get the chance to return to the wild when they are grown. Since 2009 Joachim Schmeisser supports the DSWT in portraying the orphans and documenting the Trust`s work.



They live as they have lived for thousands of years; without rules or calendars and grow no food or raise livestock. The Hadzabe are one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on earth, hunting for game with bows and arrows made from giraffe tendons.

Virunga Mountains

Virunga national park is home to the last few remaining mountain gorillas. Nearly
half of the world‘s 700-some remaining mountain gorillas live in the Virunga Mountains of central Africa, at the intersection of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


A different view on the „spicy“ Island in the Indian Ocean