You can help the elephants of Tembe

Amazingly, elephants can communicate with one another over hundreds of square kilometres. Perhaps because of the size of their ears or the pitch of their 'voices'.

But elephants unaided cannot communicate their cries for help to people across the planet.

The Tembe Elephant Park Development Trust asks you to hear their cries and read their plea. A small donation from you can make a huge difference to the elephants of Africa.

When the elephants roamed free

Two hundred years ago great elephant herds roamed freely on the African plains including the sand forests of what is now the Tembe Elephant Park.

The elephants migrated according to the seasons and the weather. If there was a shortage of water or vegetation in one area, they moved to another. They lived at peace with nature and with man.

Today they face a very different and threatening environment. In nearby Zimbabwe and Mozambique they are being slaughtered in their hundreds.

Hunted with guns, decimated by landmines

Some are killed for their ivory. In Zimbabwe, many are killed by ignorant people as revenge against the starvation forced upon them by drought and a short-sighted, ignorant Government.

In Mozambique they are hunted and also decimated by landmines laid in a decade long war.

Tembe offers sanctuary

The Tembe National Elephant Park offers a sanctuary - a safe haven so important to the elephants that they injure themselves as they try to crash through high-current electric fences that protect the border between Mozambique and Tembe, which lies in the north-east corner of South Africa.

Tembe is more than a success story. The elephant population is safe, protected and growing in numbers - to the point that is outstripping the capacity of the park to feed them. The result is a new threat - that of culling (shooting to reduce over-population).

Culling can be avoided

A threat of culling hangs over the growing herds. Two years ago a culling order was issued by the conservation authorities. But, because of the prospect of increased land, the culling order was delayed by a moratorium.

The threat of culling can be eliminated - with your help.

But time, and funds, is of the essence.

Visionary tribal leaders

Fortunately, the Tembe tribe (from which the park gets its name) has had wise leadership. The 30000 hectare (60000 acres) Tembe National Elephant Park was proclaimed under the leadership the late Chief Mzimba Tembe in 1983.

Today, his successor, Chief Israel Tembe, and his Indunas (tribal advisors), are following in Chief Mzima Tembe's footsteps. They appreciate the value and importance of the elephants - for today and for the future.

20000 additional hectares

Although his tribesmen are poor, they have offered to make 20000 additional hectares (over 40000 acres) available to expand the Tembe National Park. This will enable the park to cater for the elephant population growth for the next ten years.

For this hugely generous offer to be realised, funds are needed to expand the park, move and create fences, develop waterholes, pay rangers to patrol the expanded park and move some villages.

This is where you come in

Even $50, Pounds or Euros can make a big difference to the future and expansion of the Tembe herds of elephants.

To make a donation (big or small) please click here