South Africa Eco-Trip Recap

South Africa Eco-Trip Recap

By the time this post is published we will be on our flight back to the states after an absolutely unforgettable week!

This is an amazing opportunity to get a firsthand look at the research and management of captive elephants that is taking place with the team at AERU and the Knysna Elephant Park. We had a week full of fun and hard work in receiving a full experience of what it is like to work in the research field with these incredible animals. Here are just a few activities that we got to be a part of:

  • Participating in observational research
  • Caring for the elephants including cleaning their boma
  • Providing enrichment
  • Dung collection
  • Learning about their lab procedures and data analysis
  • An all-nighter observation

Allow me to introduce you to the herd that we got to work with:

We also got to hang out with Smudge, the bunkhouse cat, who is the official supervisor of bunkhouse ensuring that he gets the appropriate amount of love and attention from each volunteer!

A final thank you to the team at AERU for welcoming, hosting, and teaching us over the past week. This is truly an experience for the books and I look forward to continuing this amazing partnership! Tune in to our Social Media pages to hear testimonials from our Eco-Trip Explorers.

Are you interested in taking part in the Elephant Research & Conservation Eco-Trip to South Africa? Sign-up for our waitlist to be the first to hear about upcoming trips at https://rossparkzoo.org/conservationcrew/

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