November 14, 2018

12:29 pm

Too Many Elephants?

The first episode of “Moving Giants” asks the question: What do you do with 200 elephants too many?

The “Moving Giants” series, debuting today, takes its name from an ambitious, trans-border elephant-conservation project, in which 200 elephants are being moved more than 1,000 miles.

The elephants' home in South Africa — the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR, owned by De Beers Group) — has a carrying capacity of between 40 to 60 elephants, but as recently as this summer had more than 275. Approximately 200 elephants will have to be moved for the VLNR ecosystem to avoid collapse.

The video series, which will comprise seven episodes, will follow the elephants on their journey from South Africa to Mozambique, a country whose ecosystems desperately need elephants to survive.

By moving 200 elephants 1,000 miles, from the one habitat to the other, two ecosystems can be saved — as can the elephants themselves.