The thrill of spotting those flapping ears, hearing their trumpeting or witnessing how an ever-present cow protects her newborn – Africa’s elephants always mesmerise. With World Elephant Day celebrated in August, share your love for ellies and take part in our quiz. You could win a book hamper!
How many of South Africa’s national parks are home to grey giants, and which food item is best left behind when heading to Addo Elephant National Park? To celebrate World Elephant Day on 12 August 2018, Wild brings you some fascinating elephant trivia – yours to unlock in the below quiz. Take part and stand a chance to win a Struik Nature book hamper to the value of R780. Just the prize to learn more about one of Africa’s most impressive mammal species.
1. In which national park can you visit the Letaba Elephant Hall?
(a) Addo Elephant National Park
(b) Mapungubwe National Park
(c) Kruger National Park
2. Which section of the Garden Route National Park became famous for its mystical forest elephants?
3. Some 30 years ago seven impressive tuskers called the Magnificent Seven roamed the Kruger. The name of one of these tuskers means ‘the irritable one’ in the Tsonga language. Who is this giant?
4. Which waterhole in Addo Elephant National Park is named after a legendary bull? The infamous ellie succeeded in climbing the park’s Armstrong Fence in 1968. For almost 20 years, the fence had been elephant-proof.
5. Which Swazi park has a rest camp named after the siSwati word for elephant?
(a) Bhubesi Camp
(b) Ndlovu Camp
6. Which body part is used by elephant monitoring organisation Elephants Alive to identify ellies in the Greater Kruger?
7. How many of the 109 San rock art sites found in Kruger feature elephants?
8. In how many national parks can you find elephants?
9. How many emerging tuskers were identified in Kruger in May last year?
10. Which food item should not be taken into Addo Elephant National Park?
(a) Citrus fruits
Win a book hamper
Courtesy of Struik Nature, Wild is giving away a World Elephant Day book hamper worth R780. The incredible hamper consists of super reads Wild Karoo by Mitch Reardon, Understanding Elephants by the Elephant Specialist Advisory Group, Giant Steps by Richard Peirce, and Kruger National Park: Questions & Answers by PF Fourie and updated by Chris van der Linde.
To stand a chance to win, send an email to [email protected] (subject line: World Elephant Day) before 23 August 2018. Remember to include your full names, postal address, and contact details. Wild will randomly select the winner. The winner will be notified via email.
1 (c): The Letaba Elephant Hall in the Kruger National Park showcases fascinating information on elephant evolution, biology and behaviour. You can also see the ivory of some of Kruger’s biggest tuskers. Open daily and free to park visitors, the Elephant Hall is well worth a visit.
2 (b): Few have seen the elusive elephant that roams the Knysna Forest, but in 2016 rangers managed to get photos. Visit the Forest Legends Museum to learn more about Knysna’s forest dwellers and see an elephant skeleton.
3 (a): Mafunyane was named after Kruger warden Lou Steyn who was known to have a quick temper. Learn more about this legend and other members of the Magnificent Seven at the Letaba Elephant Hall.
4 (a): Hapoor waterhole was named after Addo’s dominant bull in the 1940-1960s, who was easily identified by his notched ear (hapoor). The nick in his ear was reportedly caused by a hunter’s bullet.
5 (b): In siSwati, like in Zulu and other South African languages, ‘ndlovu’ means elephant.
6 (b): Researchers use detailed drawings of ear patterns and outlines. Distinctive features such as a nick, tear, hole or even a prominent vein are recorded.
7 (a): San bushmen lived in the Kruger area between 7000 BC and 300 AD. Although elephants were a popular theme in their paintings, only three out of the 109 rock art sites within the Kruger feature the animals.
8 (c): Elephants occur in Addo, Knysna, Kruger, Mapungubwe and Marakele.
9 (c): SANParks announced 12 emerging tuskers in May 2017. Read more about these impressive ellies and what their names mean.
10 (a): In the early days of Addo before the park was fenced, elephants were fed citrus fruits to prevent the animals from raiding nearby orchards. The practice was eventually discontinued in 1979 as feeding times became stressful events for the elephants. But elephants have long memories so visitors shouldn’t tempt them.