Allegations Against Knysna Elephant Park Dismissed

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This press release was sent to me by the Knysna Elephant Park in response to my query regarding their appearance in the The Knysna-Plett Herald today: We are writing to you in connection with allegations made against the Knysna Elephant Park in May 2014. It has come to our attention that stories relating to this issue and legal matters associated with it are again surfacing. In this regard, we would like to make sure the media are provided with the facts that surround this matter: Due to these allegations and … Read the full article…

Knysna Elephant Park’s Birthday Video

Knysna Elephant Park - Jeff

After sharing a special cake with Sally, matriarch of the oldest herd, Knysna Elephant Park wonderfully focused their 21st Birthday celebration on their staff, giving credit to those long-serving members who’ve helped make the park into the success it is today. “We would not be where we are today without the human members of our amazing elephant park family. To these five, we say thank you, for your loyalty and hard work,” said Dr. Debbie Young. From Love Knysna, well done to Jeff (18 years), Mac (16 years), Diana (15 … Read the full article…

UK’s Daily Mail Features Knysna’s ‘Elephant Nannies’

Knysna Elephant Park - photo by Mark West - Barcroft Media

Above, a lovely video they made before Fiela, sadly, died. Hold your mouse cursor over it for Play button. Their nannying job entails keeping the babies clean, giving them bottles of milk, and keeping them busy so they don’t misbehave. So far, so ordinary, but these nannies don’t have any ordinary charges; their job is to look after and help raise orphaned baby elephants at Knysna Elephant Park in South Africa. The young women who do this are British volunteers who have given up their time to help provide 24-hour … Read the full article…

Historical Talk on Knysna Forester & Scientist

Deepwalls Forest Station in Knysna circa 1920s

The Knysna Historical Society will be presenting an illustrated talk on Professor John Phillips, who was appointed in 1922 as the first Forestry Research Officer to the Knysna Forest. You will learn more about life at Deepwalls Forest Station in the 1920’s. This will take place in the Activities Room at the Knysna Library at 17h00 on Thursday 2 August 2012. His brilliant research into the Knysna Forest ecosystem earned him his Doctorate in Science from the University of Edinburgh. The talk will present his colourful ancestry, his years as … Read the full article…

Knysna History: The Royal Hotel (1938)

History of Knysna 6a - Royal Hotel (photo 1938)

Captain Thomas Horn acquired this site from Charles William Dutton in 1856, and ran a small thatched hostelry, the St. George’s Tavern, here, which he enlarged into a corrugated iron structure. After the 1867 royal visit by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria of Britain, the hotel was renamed The Royal Hotel. During this visit the Prince hunted elephant in the Knysna forest. The hotel remained in the hands of the Horn family until 1930 when Donald John Fraser purchased it, having leased the property from … Read the full article…