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Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) is a friend to all animals, but he seems especially fond of an elephant he met in Africa named Dojiwae.

The Vampire Diaries star tweeted a photo of himself riding the gorgeous creature, writing, “Just found this picture of me and my little orphan friend In Africa named Dajewe-she's being raised by one of my Biggest Heros-Allan Savory,his amazing wife Jody &their incredible family/team in Zimbabwe.I miss Africa...So much.”

 

Shortly after his trip, Ian Somerhalder Foundation director Kim Klingler spoke with Wetpaint Entertainment about their time there.

 

“We spent a week in Africa filming a documentary on land management with a gentleman named Allan Savory of Holistic Management,” Kim said. “In the process, we ended up meeting an orphaned elephant named Dojiwae. They’ve been raising her for quite some time now. Dojiwae is 12 years old and she costs a fortune to feed and maintain.” We can imagine!

 

Kim also talked about Ian’s relationship with elephant. “She came down every morning to have breakfast with us, and every morning Ian would get up with a big box of sugar cubes and feed her far too many. Eventually, after a couple of days, she gave him the honor of allowing him to ride her.”

 

Aw! Hopefully Ian will get a chance to go back to Africa soon. We’re sure Dojiwae misses him, too.

 

Source: Twitter