Environment

He who plants a tree plants hope

These are the words of Lucy Larmon of the Arbour Day Foundation, and partly what inspired the team at Adventures with Elephants to join hands with the learners from Hoërskool Warmbad and plant indigenous trees at their facility last week.

Adventures with Elephants is home to Messina, Shan, Nuanedi, Chova and Chisuru, five incredible elephants, that contribute in educational interactions. These tusked creatures thoroughly enjoy a good snack… trees in particular!

In the five years that these elephants have enjoyed their life there, they have, as elephants do, left their mark on the tree life on the property. Thanks to the generous team at Malan Seuns, who donated the 30 Marula trees, Adventures with Elephants was able to start a process of planting new trees to compensate for those that have been, ummm, dinner!

When invited to participate in this Arbour Week Project, Hoërskool Warmbad jumped at the opportunity. They sent their Top 5 students from every grade to participate in the initiative where they not only planted trees, but also enjoyed an educational presentation from Melissa Schmitt from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal about elephant feeding patterns. She also gave the eager learners a demonstration of how elephants forage using their powerful scenting ability.

There is an African proverb that says "He who plants trees loves others beside himself" and we agree! The team at Adventures with Elephants would like to commend both Malan Seuns and the Hoërskool Warmbad learners for showing such love for elephants, knowing that these trees will make a positive impact on them and their environment for many years to come.

Adventures with Elephants is located on a beautiful wildlife reserve just an hour's drive north of Pretoria, adjacent to Zebula Country Club in the Waterberg. Adventures with Elephants offers wonderful hands-on elephant interactions, elephant back rides, swims and tailor made activities with five rescued elephants. Here people can learn about elephants in a unique way, in a natural setting. The friendly, experienced and qualified elephant handlers will share their in-depth knowledge and passion for wildlife with guests, in this unrivalled and extraordinary experience. It is also home to the Rory Hensman Elephant Research Unit that facilitates research in elephant bio-detecttion, communication, human elephant conflict, anatomy and elephant welfare.

www.adventureswithelephants.co.za

Eduplex School honours World Elephant Day 2015

Learners from Eduplex School in Pretoria honoured World Elephant Day by visiting Adventures with Elephants last week.

This group of Grade 7 children who are active in the school's Eco Committee enjoyed an educational interaction with the centre's five elephants, learning more about the tusked creatures before going on a bush walk with elephant researcher Melissa Schmitt from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, who shared her knowledge on elephant eating habits. Sean Hensman from Adventures with Elephants said "It's always lovely to have children who are conservation minded, to come learn more about the difficulties of elephant conservation in an ever-changing Africa."

World Elephant Day 12 August, seeks to raise as much appreciation for their lives as possible, encouraging people worldwide to see the many ways elephants are making the world a better place.