Can you imagine being in a dug-out canoe and having a herd of elephants walk along with you? Pretty incredible right?
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@marthastewart48 & @seenbysharkey enjoy some time with the herd's matriarch, Cathy.
The Abu Herd currently has 6 members, most of which came either from a Zoo (saved from performance) or from orphaned Kruger Park Culling Operations (mother & herd killed, saved by the camp a baby). Cathy & Shirene are the oldest members, Cathy being the matriarch. There's only 2 hours a day set aside for guest interaction with the Abu Herd. This is the time that the care-takers (with the herd 24/7) will sit on their backs (no saddles, only cloth), to ensure they can guide the movements of the herd (single file) and to ensure the safety of the guests should they wander about during the activity or should an aggressive wild animal approach such as a lion, buffalo or large elephant bull whilst guests are walking with the herd. No guests ride these elephants at any point, and it's only done by the care-takers for the above-mentioned reason for a max of 2 hours daily as guests have the experience of a lifetime, the effects reaching far and wide as their story will be re-told. The elephants sleep at night in a boma close to Abu Camp for safety. They are vulnerable & not used to being in the field at night, especially not the 4 youngsters. That said, if they go on a walk about they are more than welcome to. This is as good as it gets for an animal in "captivity". These elephants are ambassadors for their species, and get to live wild lives with the choice to leave their human care-takers for a 100% wild life whenever they please. In fact, over 6 young bulls have done exactly that - left the herd & joined wild elephant for good. It's a beautiful story & one that deserves to be featured & heard.
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