The heart of the story should firmly be the welfare of South Africa’s elephants. However, right now, whilst opposing sides yell across zero middle ground, there is the issue of why a 2008 incident of animal abuse rears it’s ugly head now, 6 years later. There must be punishment but motive (rather than justice) has sent this story in different directions on social media. Hopefully, when all blogs are added together, this story will contain one direction. It has been stated by the Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) that photos and videos taken during that contentious period are not reflective of … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Greg Vogt was the manager of the Knysna Elephant Park (KEP) for 7 years. As the elephant abuse story has 2 sides, so does Greg. On one hand, he admits that there were things happening at Knysna Elephant Park that he wasn’t happy with yet doesn’t accept any blame despite having been a well paid manager (his wife was also employed by KEP and the family stayed on the property). On the other, he’s been actively involved in elephant studies of obvious benefit to conservation and, especially, elephants. This has happened on local, provincial and national levels. His stance is … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The alleged abuse of elephants at Elephants of Eden (EOE), which was owned by Knysna Elephant Park (KEP), has shone a massive light on the elephant edutainment industry of South Africa. There is anger, hysteria, name calling and finger pointing. And the media has lapped it up like a pet elephant at a drinking hole. Although the current scandal festers in my backwaters, i initially refrained from blogging about it as there were insufficient facts on the ground. However, when international media got the story hopelessly wrong, i published a precursor, ‘Were Knysna Elephants Tortured?’, in which i emphasised that … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I have much bigger articles landing on this topic later but, in the meanwhile, what do you think? Should elephant edutainment (education + entertainment) be allowed? With the scandal that’s hit Knysna’s elephants, animal rights activists have been loud whilst many locals have given their support to Knysna Elephant Park, saying that abuse stories are a lie and their elephants are healthy. Is there value in children and families being introduced to elephants and educated about them? Is training, through positive reinforcement, ok? Is elephant-back riding ok? Should animals be left in the wild? What of rescues?'Click here to read full article...'