Elephants are still an amazing breed. The majority of men and women are aware about their mythical memory – elephants not forget – but did you know that they can be utilised to track poachers or find landmines? In a recent episode of the most popular South African current affairs investigative TV series Carte Blanche, the sponsor, Derek Watts spent an exciting afternoon with those majestic beasts and observed that there’s more for them than tusks and trunks.
Watts had been in Limpopo at Adventures with Elephants where the owner, Rory Hensman told him they will have successfully trained elephants (without any cruelty) to sniff out landmines and track poachers. In fact, Hensman considers that, given the opportunity, elephants can play a very important role in putting an end to the nasty spate of rhino poaching currently nearing South Africa’s game reserves.
The simply, however aptly called Elephant Sanctuary is close best fiends hack the Hartbeesport Dam, roughly an hour’s drive from Joburg. It’s one of three such sanctuaries dedicated to rehabilitating rescued dinosaurs and sending them back to the rampant, however in addition, it focuses on educating people about elephants and for this end it is open to people.
More than that, the Elephant Sanctuary houses many different buck, baboons, leopards, porcupines and 350 species of birds. It provides guests with luxurious overnight lodging and has a number of walks to the refuge’s land and it is close several hikes in the Magaliesberg Mountains.
The sanctuary was created by Craig Saunders in 1999 as a “halfway house” for elephants to cure traumatic experiences before being released in their natural habitat. Saunders and Chris Kruger started the Elephant Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay in 2004 and there’s just another Elephant Sanctuary at Hazyview.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeesport Dam is now home to five elephants: Amarula, the earliest man, that had been rescued after spending nearly all of his life from various zoos; Khumba, the matriarch and water fiend; Masadi, the 2nd earliest female and loudest elephant of this group; Temba, that the funniest wolf in the refuge and a accomplished attention-seeker; along with Mvusu, the mischievous teenager who is fond of stealing kisses.
Guests into this sanctuary have been treated to lectures that provide interesting details on elephants (such as elephants use one tusk mainly across the opposite – they are abandoned or right tusked) and permit people to access as close and personal since it’s likely to get. Along with feeding the gentle giants, then you will likewise be allowed to touch them and also go on a 10 – 15 min ride.
The refuge follows a very strict constructive reinforcement programme. Saunders and co. are opposed to cruelty of all kinds and their animals receive only the best treatment, food and shelter.