Two births have been experienced here, to the delight of the crew at the park. The first being Thandi, born in 2004, and the second being baby Shungu, born on 1 January. Shungu is the Shona word for "patience".
Elephant care is of the highest quality in this country, with facilities for such being world class. The Knysna Elephant Park has developed a system called the "free range controlled environment", whereby the herd roams the park as they please. If they want to receive food from guests, they know to gather at certain points in the park where they have been taught to accept fruit and vegetables from the guests. Barriers are in place for the guests comfort and safety, therefore relaxing both guest and elephant alike. Guests have the opportunity to view these animals up close, with guides adding value to the experience with their knowledge and expertise regarding the elephants behaviour.
Their diets are supplemented by scientifically formulated feeds, a 60 hectare park in which to wander and graze, plenty of big trees to enjoy and two large dams for bathing and drinking. At night, they stay in their stalls, which are lined with sawdust to provide a comfortable bed for them, and are fed with a high protein porridge and blackwattle or Port Jackson branches. In the morning, they once again have porridge, after which they move to one of the dams for a drink of water. While the animals are out and about during the day, their stalls are thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the evening.
Since Harry and Sally arrived, the park has had a number of orphans finding solace in its surrounds and providing entertainment to many visitors from all over the world. Visitors take home with them a healthy respect for these majestic creatures, as well as a better understanding of the African Elephant and its plight across the continent.
For more info please visit: http://www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za/