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YPO Help Collar Elephants

Elephants Alive was honoured and delighted to have a group of 9 members of the Young Pesidents Organisation ( YPO ) and their families, join the team and fund a major elephant collaring operation.  YPO is the premier leadership organisation of chief executives in the world – and the group included young business leaders from America, Australia, Germany and South Africa.

YPO funded the collaring operations for 7 young bull elephants, in and around the private Balule Nature Reserve – significantly expanding Elephants Alive’s study area to the west.  These elephants, aged between 15 and 25 years, have not previously been collared and data from their tracking movements will provide invaluable insights into the social dynamics and movements of these young bulls – how far do they range and how much do they associate with each other and the breeding herds. YPO also funded the recollaring of a female elephant, Charlize, whose old collar needed replacing.

YPO funded all the collaring costs, and to thank them for their generous support, they were granted naming rights for the 7 new bulls.  So please meet Dex, Elon, Lekotla, Bocha, Induna, Khumo and Nthaba– we look forwards to news of their travels over the coming years…

It was a pleasure and privilege for the Elephants Alive team to spend time discussing elephant conservation issues with such an influential network of international business leaders.  A very big thank you to YPO, Dex Kotze (YPO Gold Johannesburg), and event manager, Annie Sowden.

“I can say, without a scintilla of doubt, this was the most memorable, impactful, emotional and life-altering trip of my life”.  YPO participant, Dan Afrasiabi.


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.