Gondwana celebrates World Elephant Day today and recognizes the impact it’s herd has had on the Southern Cape. Its elephant herd was established from 4 adult individuals who came from some form of confinement or limited space and needed to be released into a larger area allowing them to roam free, forage and interact naturally. Gondwana has provided a sanctuary for these “orphaned” elephants for the last 7 years. The successful release and rehabilitation process of these two adult males and female elephants has lead to the first two wild elephant calves being born in the Southern Cape in the last 200 years. This now fully established breeding herd provides critical information for elephant conservation in the Western Cape of South Africa including habitat utilization and social dynamics. With a greater understanding now of elephant in a Fynbos environment, Gondwana is excited to be introducing an additional herd this winter to join these iconic pioneers.
August 12, 2014