Thursday, 20 March 2014

Walking with Elephants

Walking in the footsteps of African elephant bull Jabu made us feel more closely connected to elephants than ever before. Working together with Sanctuary Retreats, Living With Elephants gave us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with a trio of orphaned elephants in the Okavango Delta. Despite their large size, elephants walk through the Botswanan bush with a soft tread, intelligent animals that are both strong and gentle.

With its lush floodplains and dry Kalahari sands, northern Botswana is home to some of the world’s biggest elephant herds. Situated on the edge of Chobe National Park, we spent a night at Chobe Chilwero and went on a sundowner cruise amongst the largest remaining elephant population on the planet. At sunset, we watched a family herd with their young calves using their trunks as snorkels to swim across the Chobe River.

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Rangers Risk their Lives to Save Forest Elephants

This is an excellent article on Conservation of Forest Elephants from the wilds of Cameroon.

Deep inside Cameroon's Lobeke National Park a team of conservationists venture into the lush rainforest, weaving their way through the bush's narrow paths.Tasked with patrolling the immense park, these eco-guards are on a mission to protect its pristine habitat and the life that resides within. Ever alert, they push deeper into the woods to prevent any illegal activities that could put Lobeke's fragile ecosystem in danger.

Amongst the park's wide array of creatures, there's one species that's particularly vulnerable.
"The major threat is elephant poaching for ivory," says Zacharie Nzooh, who joined the World Wildlife Fund more than 10 years ago.

"There was a big elephant population here," he recalls. "When I first arrived here in 2002, I saw 35 elephants at once. But progressively, despite the efforts put in place to fight poaching, the elephant population continues to dwindle. So we steadily saw their population fall -- [from] seeing 35 elephants on one occasion to seeing only four, three, two or one elephant at a time."