Elephants We’ll Never Forget

In 1919 a Major Pretorius was given the task to shoot all the remaining elephants in the Addo area of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. By 1920 only 16 elephants remained and these were given sanctuary on the land of a farmer named J.T. Harvey. The elephants were viewed both as a nuisance and potential profit. Citrus farmers in this region battled them for water resources. Opportunists saw cash in their tusks. Initial efforts to fence elephants were unsuccessful and farmers were aggravated when elephants trampled through in search of food. But by 1954, thanks in part to improvements in elephant-proof fencing, the Addo Elephant National Park was thriving. Elephant population was improving and farmers had their irrigation and crops intact. Now this national park is roughly 50,000 acres (the 3rd largest national park in SA) and is home to 450 elephants and a host of other wildlife. From our limited experience of the place it seems like a beneficial situation for the wildlife, the environment, the local community, and farming. For us it was a thrilling two days driving around the park in search of animal and plant life. Here's some of what we saw.

 

African Buffalo

Warthog

Interesting fact: it takes an elephant 3 years to learn to use its trunk

When we got to this water hole there was one elephant. Then everybody joined in.

Meerkats

Black-backed jackal

Elephants and lions sizing each other up at the water hole. Probably the most exciting part of our time at Addo

Red Hartebeest

Kudu horns

 

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3 responses to “Elephants We’ll Never Forget”

  1. DeNee hansen says :

    So exciting. Something that is once in a lifetime experience.

  2. Janice White says :

    Wow! All the sights of the animals is spectacular!!! NEAT!!!

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