If you think of an African safari, it’s likely that a majestic elephant is one of the first images that comes to mind. However, when confined in a nature reserve and their numbers increase too dramatically, they are capable of causing major environmental changes, damaging natural vegetation and the many species dependent on it.
Phinda Private Game Reserve was the first to use non-invasive contraceptives to manage its burgeoning elephant population. Female elephants are vaccinated only after having had one calf, with the aim of the programme not to decrease numbers but to slow their growth to an appropriate level.
On this incredible half-day elephant contraception experience, join one of the reserve’s wildlife veterinarians and gain first-hand knowledge about this game-changing programme as you assist with ultrasound examinations and take blood samples of selected elephant cows within the reserve.