Elephant
Bee Hives

The tale of 100 beehives

On the evening of the 1st of March, the first batch of 60 buzzing beehives were delivered to our HQ at Ekuthuleni. In partnership with the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit, the boxes were carefully placed on our repurposed steel stands. Two weeks later, the last 40 beehives were delivered to complete our 100-beehive apiary –…
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Elephants

Collared elephants are the storytellers of connected landscapes

As a potential Kruger National Park (KNP) tourist, you may self-drive into an elephant sighting. Depending on your view and the type of sighting, they may keep your attention for an hour. If it is only a group of young bulls and not a family unit with all the intricacies of family life and the…
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elephant

Increasing the dose – at the foot of giants

A physician once said: “The best medicine for humans is love.” Someone asked, “What if it doesn’t work?” He smiled and said: ”Increase the dose.” We walked silently in single file, not like stalking predators but with purpose. Why? We came to meet a Gardening Giant, a Gentle Giant, a Gracious Giant, reminding us why…
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Elephants

When a friend passes – in memory of Matambu

The circle of woven green grass dotted with flowers hangs gently from your textured ivory. We placed it there because we felt a need to leave something beautiful in your memory. Our 17-year journey can only be described as a journey of friendship. Once I captured your ear pattern, you were on our records like…
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Bee Hives

Celebrating Five Years of Protecting Trees with Bees

On a warm summer’s night in December 2015, Elephants Alive, in conjunction with Jejane Private Nature Reserve, initiated the ambitious operation of hanging fifty active beehives in fifty marula trees in order to test whether African honeybees could be used to protect trees against elephant impact. Five years down the line, Elephants Alive’s researchers have…
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Elephant

World’s first virtual elephant collaring!

By Dr Michelle Henley Elephants Alive achieved a world first during lockdown – a live virtual collaring, with more than 250 viewers tuning in from around the world to watch the collaring of two majestic bulls. Elephants Alive knows the drill when it comes to collaring elephants. With trusted vets like Drs. Joel Alves and…
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Elephants

Zoya and Naru

  This charming new story book is an exciting collaboration between renowned British author Caroline Montague and Dr Michelle Henley, whose beautiful drawings are illustrating the book. Zoya and Naru is a story about love and trust, hope and bravery in the face of the odds. Join Zoya and Naru on their quest to find…
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Elephant photography

A quarter of a century and for the love of elephants

  By Dr. Michelle Henley Twenty five years ago I got drawn into the world of the close-knit social structure of elephants when my Mother (an artist) and I started drawing elephant ear patterns in the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) to the west of Kruger.  I had just completed my MSc on elephants and…
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Black Mambas

Bees and Black Mambas – recruiting new bee-lievers

  We are thrilled to announce the expansion and next stage of our successful “Bees, Trees, Elephants and People Programme”.  Elephants Alive will be training the award-winning, all-female Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit to become bee-keepers. We now share Headquarters with the Black Mambas within the Greater Kruger National Park on the border of the Associated…
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Elephants

The story of Fortunate the Elephant

Fortunate the elephant had finally been spotted! This handsome bull elephant was first collared by Elephants Alive in 2015 and has played a crucial part in pioneering research, trying to understand why elephants are attracted to the Phalaborwa mine.  This large, open-cast mine is situated on the north-west boundaries of Kruger National Park in Limpopo,…
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