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A tribute to Wayne Lotter, elephant conservationist murdered in Tanzania

By Michelle Henley.
You were and will always be an inspiration. You sacrificed so much to protect the elephants we love. I will remember you and pay homage to you with every elephant we try to protect or save. I will make sure that we fight harder to keep them alive. I met you and Krissie while trying to create a better world for elephants and that is why Elephants Alive and the PAMS Foundation still have a long journey ahead. We have not yet secured a future for the elephants so we will not let you die in vain.
You will live on with every leafy footprint that Wayne, the elephant, leaves in African soils. You will live on in your daughter Tamsin’s efforts when she comes back to work for us. You will live on in every effort to protect wildlife. You will live on in these words:
You are a trail blazer, a path finder, a leader, a hero, a friend, an example and a mentor. Thank you for blessing us all.

Riverleigh International Equestrian Centre annual fancy dress freestyle charity event


The annual fancy dress freestyle charity event is one of the highlights on the Riverleigh International Equestrian Centre`s event calendar. All proceeds and donations this year will go to  Elephants Alive.

Riders of all ages enter and compete in this freestyle event and the routines are judged by professional judges. Prizes and trophies are awarded to the best riders for their technical ability and their innovative “fancy dress freestyle routines”.

In order to compete, the riders choreograph a freestyle routine to music, and appropriate costumes are worn by the riders and their horses to reflect the chosen theme. The process takes many months of planning and practice to reach the high standards expected of both horse and rider.

The event is held on a beautiful country estate in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. The property has been professionally designed to include plush livery quarters for horses, ultimately designed for Dressage with two top class full sized arenas, a show-jumping arena and smaller arenas for lungeing and pony riders. The full entertainment/catering area is used for show days and seasonal and fun events and can also be used as a place to just sit back, relax and soak in the absolute calm and inviting country atmosphere.

This is not a graded event, but all are most welcome! For more information regarding the event, or how to get involved, please contact Sheba Zager at


3 nights self-catering accommodation for 4 guests at Offbeat Horse Safaris, trail ride on game farm and a 2 hour horseback safari in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate with African Dream Horse Safari

The ‘Amazing Maze Walk’ for up to 14 people (in one group) generously  sponsored by Conrad Penny,  owner of Chartwell Castle and Guesthouse.– The biggest known uninterrupted hedgerow maze in the Southern world (and the third largest in the world), with over 900 conifers. It covers about 6000 sq.m. (approximately 1.5 acres), which is around 5 times bigger than The Hampton Court Maze. The centre is ± 12m x 12m.

The Virgin Active BelAir Health Club sponsored Spinnathon fundraiser for Elephants Alive will be held at BelAir Virgin Active, 10 BelAir Shopping Centre, Malibongwe Drive, Randburg,  from 8:00-11:-00 on Saturday, 30 September. For further information contact Joan Delport on 083 287 2984



Celebrating Elephants Fundraising Event

We are holding a ‘Celebrating Elephants’ fundraiser on the 4th October at COOBS Restaurant in Parkhurst.





  • 3 nights for 2 at Klaserie Sands River Lodge
  • Hot Air Balloon ride for 2 sponsored by Suncatchers

    An amazing and very special experience –  a day out with Dr.  Michelle Henley and the Elephants Alive Research Team   –  spend a day with them in the field, tracking individual named elephants, collecting samples, recording audio, learning the story about each elephant.
    (The successful bidder will be advised by Elephants Alive when an operation will be conducted and all arrangements to participate must be made directly withElephants Alive – this experience may be taken up at a different time to the rest of the package)


PHOTOGRAPHIC COURSE  – Sponsored by College of Digital Photography

SILENT AUCTION PRIZE – Gold chain and elephant charm sponsored by Bowes Brothers


  • Product Hamper
  • Scott Ramsay wildlife book
  • Wine Magnum
  • Case of wine

SPOT PRIZES (stickers under chairs)

  • Elephant wine holders/bottle Big Feet pressed for Elephants wine/art deco wildlife coasters


“All the little lights” – framed, autographed image by Penny Robartes, Wildlife Photographer , also sponsored by Rowena Putter of Boundless Africa Safaris This image was a semi-finalist in the 2017 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The auction will run on the Elephants Alive! Facebook page from the 1st to the 5th October.




Rescue of a Gentle Giant

Wire wrapped round Kenny. Credit: Tammy Eggeling

By Jessica Wilmot, Elephant Alive.

What started off as a normal research day in the field, ended as one of the most humbling experiences for the Elephants Alive research team. On route looking for one of our collared elephants, we drove past a waterhole where a few young bulls were drinking water. We stopped to take ID photos of the bulls in view and waited for one particular one that was hiding in the mopane thicket, continuously dusting himself, to come closer to allow us to take photos. When he finally came into view, we immediately noticed a bundle of wire cord dragging behind him. It then became clear that this cord was tightly wound around his right back leg. Without intervention, this bull elephant would not have been able to remove the cord by himself and would eventually experience excruciating pain as it wrapped more tightly around his leg.

I immediately contacted Henry Hibbett, the manager of Ndlopfu, one of the shareholder blocks in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, who immediately contacted the vet, Pete Rogers, together with the owner of the property we were on, as well as getting permission to dart the elephant.  It was with sheer luck that the vet was with someone who could drop him off with his helicopter, as dusk was steadily approaching.

With the elephant safely sedated, our team worked wonders in removing the cord as quickly as possible. Luckily, no external injuries occurred but his foot was hideously swollen from all the pressure. I shudder to think what would have happened to this beautiful bull had we not decided by chance to drive past that waterhole. But thankfully we did, allowing Elephants Alive to be part of something wonderful. It’s not every day that you feel like you’ve actually made a difference in the world, but this day was an exception.

Checking our ID records later that evening, we realised that this was a 20 year old bull called Kenny. We look forward to seeing Kenny again and continuing our work in the field.

An elephant sized thank you to vet Pete Rogers – wildlife vet, Henry Hibbett – Manager of Ndlopfu, Paul de Luca – landowner,  Jana Meyer – helicopter pilot, and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve for covering the costs of the operation and Theo van Wyk, Chairman of Umbabat’s assistance for making this happen.