Elephants remember. They recall who they met decades ago. They form long-term relationships. They experience the full gamut of emotions that humans do. Love. Loss. Joy. Sadness. And everything in between. Their capacity to bond and take care of each other is astounding. So for me, it is always wonderful, when staying at the Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge, to either pass a herd of elephants on the way there, or to see the elephants on one of our game drives. The last time I was at Nambiti, there were a whole lot of mothers and their youngsters crossing the river below us. Calling to each other. Trumpeting in their unique way. Sticking together.
Even though these elephants have been relocated, it’s wonderful to see how well they have adjusted to Nambiti Private Game Reserve and how fantastically they get along together. They are free to roam and live the wild life to which they were born.
Whilst I have always known about this magnificent bond between elephants, it hit home even more when my partner recently showed me a video that’s been circulating the Internet. You may have seen it. It shows two circus elephants who were separated 20 years ago and then, by some strange quirk of fate, reunited. The overwhelming display of love and happiness between these two elephants who can now live out their final years together brought me to tears, as I suspect it will do to you too.
May we all learn to respect these magnificent creatures and keep them in their natural environment where their performances are of their own volition and for the amusement of each other.
- Siobhan, writer, wildlife enthusiast.