Hi team TA,
As many of you know, I live on a game reserve in the Kruger area, and am quite against the lion interactions offered by many operators (as they are 99% of the time sent to canned hunting farms), but I am interested to hear if anyone has any information about Elephant back safaris that are offered at various places throughout South Africa.
I am trying really hard to find information about the cons about this (other than the obvious) and am wondering if anyone else can provide any insight?
Often, the story is that the elephants are 'rescued' (I use quotation marks because how do we really know this is the truth?) from poachers or from being culled, and trained to give rides to tourists.. There is a lot of information about the lion interactions, but I can't seem to find much about elephant back rides!
I guess that anything that takes an animal out of their natural environment, and uses them for human benefit and entertainment is probably not ethical? The treatment behind closed doors is probably very different than what we see. The only info I can find is:
Looking forward to your comments,
JacquiEdited: 08 April 2013, 10:52