Elephant Park

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
Trip End Aug 01, 2009

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Saturday, February 21, 2009

On our way to Plett Bay we stopped by the "Knysna Elephant Park", there mission is to provide education and create an awareness of the plight of the elephants, and, by highlighting their plight, to show the world why conservation of our natural resources is vitally important to our survival.

We were able to feed, touch and walk with these giant animals, who continue to touch Darcy and I from Asia and now Africa. I was able to make 2 short video's of the baby elephants at play. Just "click" on the video and then "click" on the arrow to view them.

The elephants of the Southern Cape were once an important part of the ecology of the area. They roamed and fed on the grasslands and trees when water was plentiful, and moved deep into the forests when the dry seasons came. Their migrations followed well-traveled corridors, for 1,000's of years.

But, with the great fire of 1869, heavy poaching and uncontrolled logging, the noble herds of yesteryear have all but died away. Today, only three elephants are known to be living wild in the area, and the have retreated deep into the forest where they have hidden themselves from man and his destructive ways.
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