“I had never seen the jungle. They fed me behind bars from an iron pan, till one night I felt I was Bagheera – the Panther – and no mans plaything and I broke the silly lock with one blow of my paw and came away; and because I had learned the ways of men,
They say that elephants never forget. I beg to differ. I think that on Thula Thula Game Reserve, the female elephants have forgotten to take their daily contraceptive pills! What started out as a herd of seven has now exploded to a wonderful twenty-nine! And unlike humans, there are no condoms available for male elephants!
I climbed out of the jeep that had transported me through hot and arid countryside and looked around me. Green lawns, a mass of beautiful trees spreading up and out, and in front of me, Thula Thula’s homestead. I was told to leave my case and go inside. On entering I was drawn instantly to
“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.” Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer As