Let Me Introduce – Juna Jumbo My Elephant Friend

If I was introducing you to my friend an elephant, I might do it this way.

“Hello, this is my friend, Juna Jumbo and her baby called Penda which means ‘much loved.’

“Please be careful when you approach Juna  Jumbo.  She is a lot taller than you at about 13 feet high.  That’s the height of two basketball players on top of one another!

Be careful not to let her step on your foot, because she is around 25,000 pounds.   A heavy human might weigh 270 lbs.   Don’t tell her that you have food for him if she is hungry – she can eat up to 600 pounds of food.

Imagine having a big trolley and having 600 burgers each weighing a pound each.

It would not be good to feed Juna or Penda hamburers!

Feeding Them Apples

Juma and Penda are  delighted that you have brought them  apples as a treat.   They will first sniff it with their trunks.  An adult trunk has 40,000 muscles in it.  Elephants  can wrap their trunks around a big log and lift it into the air.  Their trunks are also very delicate that they can pick up a peanut on the ground.

Did You Bring Your Swimming Wear?

Elephants love to swim.  Working elephants often are rewarded with a swim after work.  If they are allowed to swim at the beach, they will have lots of fun fighting the waves.

Did You Bring a Mirror?

Not every animal or bird can recognize itself in a mirror.  Elephants can and so can the following:  human toddlers, great apes, dolphins and magpies.  However, you do need to bring one very large mirror.   LOL

Elephants Can Show Emotions

Human beings have many emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger and pain.  Elephants love to play.

Elephants can live between 50-70 years of age.  When an elephant dies, many elephants stay around and seem to be very sad.  They trumpet (make noises) such as cring and grieving.


There was a man called the “Elephant Whisperer” who loved and took care of elephants.  It seems that they somehow knew that he was dying and a troop of them went to his house.  They stayed for many years after his death.

There were two female elephants that were once in a circus.  They were separated for many years but once they were re-united they seemed to  immediately recognize each other .

Do You Like Being Hugged?


A dog, horse or a cat likes to be rubbed GENTLY.  Elephants use their trunks like human arms.  They often  greet one another by wrapping trucks together.  If a baby elephant is naughty, he may get a truck slap – not hard, just to let him know his behaviour was unacceptable.

Mothers and Babies.

After a baby is born, the father is likely to wander off and leave the rearing to the mom and other females.  In fact,  all mothers and babies like to be with one another.

A female elephant may have a baby every two-and-a-half to four years.  Twins are unusual.

Elephants are kind and intelligent creatures.

You will meet elephants in my soon to be released book called

Ranger Jabari and the African Animals

It will be available as an ebook on Amazon. See all my books on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Apple.

Gravenhurst Author Brings Children’s Stories to Life

How Anansi Became the Story Teller: Pauline Gallagher’s eBooks


Anansi - the Trickster
Anansi – the Trickster

Note: I took the basic story and rewrote it – Pauline Gallagher

I have a new ebook coming out called “Ranger Jabari and the African Animals.” Jabari and his two ranger friends are travelling the Serengeti Plains to look for sick animals and to prevent poaching.

During rest breaks and around the nightly campfire, Ranger Jabari is asked to tell African folk tales.  Here is one called “How Anansi Became the Story Teller.”  This ebook should be on the shelves before or just after Christmas, 201

Ranger Jabari and the African Animals
Ranger Jabari and the African Animals


Once there were NO stories in the world. The Sky-Go, Nyame, owned them all.images-4


One of the many faces of Name, the Sky-God
One of the many faces of Name, the Sky-Go

The trickster spider, Anansi, knew that he would have great power if he owned the stories.  He could tell the stories and humans would give him food, money and precious gems.

Anansi - the Trickster
Anansi – the Trickster

“How much  money do you want for the stories?” asked Anansi, trying not to be too interested.  “I don’t have much money?”

“Ha! Ha!” thundered the Sky-God, Nyame. “I don’t want money. What would I do with it up here in the sky? I want to send you on challenging adventures.  I want to see you fight and sweat and struggle.”

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“What would you have me do? O, great one.  O, magnificent one!”

“Don’t try to flatter me, Anansi.  I know you are the trickster!”

Anansi hid his face to show that he was sorry, but he wasn’t sorry at all.

He wanted to trick the Sky-God and anyone he met.

Nyame watched Anansi and decided to put great challenges his way.  Nyame hoped that the trickster would fail and he would still keep the stories.

Anansi - the Trickster
Anansi – the Trickster

“Here is a list, Anansi.  Bring back Onini the Python, Osebo the Leopard, and the Mboro Hornet.”

Anansi was worried and said to himself, “I will either be strangled, eaten or strung to death.”

“Scared Anansi?”

Anansi listened to the Sky-God as he laughed and laughed until the laughter turned to thunder and it rained.

Anansi went under a big leaf to avoid the rain.  He began to think of the stories and it gave him courage.  He was the trickster and there were only three challenges.  He would win!

Anansi went to where the Python lived.


He spoke out loud, “Creatures of the forest, I do nto think Python is as long as a palm tree.  I will cut one down and we can measure him.”

Slowly, one by one birds, creatures and insects came out.  Then, slithering up to Anansi came Python’s wife, Aso.”unknown-3

She looked Anansi in the eye.  “My husband is longer than any palm tree.”

The Python appeared, he was really, really long. images-17

He agreed to lie along the fallen palm tree. Anansi shook his head.  “Python you cannot make yourself completely straight, so it is hard for me to measure you.  Let me straighten you out by tying you to the palm tree.”

Python agreed and the Python was easily captured.  The villagers watching were scared of Anansi’s magic tricks and so they carried off the Python on the tree to where the Sky-God would appear.


“One down – two to go!” Anansi said to himself.

Anansi heard the sound of the leopard.  He dug a deep hole and the leopard fell in.  Anansi made himself larger than the leopard.  He offered his web to lift leopard out of the hole.  Leopard was now stuck in Anansi’s webs and the trickster brought him to where the villagers had put the Python on the pole.

“Two down – one to go!” laughed Anansi.images-5

To catch the hornets, Anansi had to trick them into thinking that it was raining.  He filled a big calabash with water.

“It’s raining, “ Anansi shouted as he held a banana leaf over his head and poured water.  Nothing happened.  Anansi then poured water over the hornet’s nest and yelled, “It’s raining, it’s raining!”  The hornet came crawling out of their flooded nest.  They shook the water off themselves and looked stunned.

“Hornets, come and crawl into the empty calabash.  I can give you this as a gift.  This can be your dry new home.”

When the last hornet was in the calabash, Anansi sealed the opening.

“Three done – none to go!” cheered Anansi.

When Nyame, the Sky-God awoke early the next morning.  He heard Anansi calling.  Nyame pushed the clouds apart and looked at the captured Python, Leopard and Hornets.

Before giving Anansi all the stories, the Sky-God warned him, “Anansi be careful of the words you use in the stories.  They can bring love or hate and war or peace.”

The End.

Look at for my coming ebook called “Jabari and the African Animals.”