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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on Do Elephants Migrate?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Such a lovely blog Amy. Elephants are so special and intellegent. Wonderful that ancient migratory routes are opened again for them.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Marinda. Hopefully one day we’ll see them moving undisturbed all the way from the beautiful Greater Kruger that we love so much, all the way to the northern parts of Africa.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Super blog, you do begin to understand that these animals need huge areas and wonder about the impact of smaller reserves and national parks.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

So true Ian! I think the key is that everyone continues to do their bit to provide safe havens for these animals and hopefully we can continue to collaborate and open up conservation areas to re-establish these ancient migratory routes. Many thanks, Amy

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Yes, and I think the Kruger has got it right. The lodges like Londolozi in Sabi Sands allow the migration whereas I can think of fenced lodges (of similar size) that don’t offer migratory routes, and at the same time having created artificial reserves don’t go the extra mile by providing the extra water that can be found using migratory patterns of behaviour.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

An enchanting species for sure! Thanks for sharing, Amy!

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you, Darlene! What do you find most enchanting about them?? For me, I think it has to be their incredible social structure and the way that they care for one another.

Just wonderful how you have described the elephants.
They are such absolutely fantastic creatures.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Christa. They really are fantastic. And the more we learn about them, the more fascinating they become!!

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Really interesting article Amy. The adage, ” if only animals could talk” seems to hold weight when talking about elephants. They are so smart and really take care of one another. I hope that their futures will not be limited by man’s lust for land.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you, Denise and I totally agree. I even feel the “if only animals could talk” thing when I look at trees and even the game path I mentioned in the post. Imagine the stories we’d hear if these long-standing features of the landscape could talk?!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

All of the Londolozi blogs are interesting, but I LOVE when you & your colleagues write stories like this. Keep ’em coming.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Jeff! Are there any topics, in particular, you’d like to hear more about? Many thanks, Amy

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

I abhor the term ‘big 5’ – both for what it stood for once upon a time (hunting) & the obsession so many guests have that a game drive is just about seeing lions, leopards, elephants, rhino & buffalo. I’d love to see more blogs like this one as well as about the smaller, often overlooked creatures like dung beetles, lion ants and so many more. Also, I would like to communicate with you about your time in Gabon and will send you an email about that.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Fabulous Jeff! We couldn’t agree more and I’m sure that as summer approaches and more of the smaller creepy crawlies come out, we’ll have lots of smaller creature focused blogs coming your way. I’d also keep an eye out for Rob Crankshaw’s macro photography. He shares this passion with you. Please do send a mail regarding Gabon. It was the wildest trip of my life and something I’d be happy to share more info with you on. Thanks, Amy

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Ranger

Enjoyed your blog Amy! Their ways seem to be much more guided than us humans..

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Gawie. Their innate abilities do astound me! Have you had a look at this video we recently made on Living Guided? http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/08/31/live-guided-answering-a-calling/. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Many thanks, Amy

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Ranger

Thank you Amy.I have watched it & there is so much one can associate the journey with. Perhaps people, like myself, should “migrate”, go beyond, take that risk & live guided! I made think a bit deeper..

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Oooh I love that Gawie! That’s so great to hear. We’d love it if you make a visit to Londolozi part of your migration at some point 🙂

Leonie De Young
Explorer

Beautiful blog Amy. An excellent read on the intelligence of these beautiful and social animals. May their migrations go on for generations to come. Thank you so much for sharing.

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