Safari Time!

“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” — Dr. Seuss

A couple of weeks ago I took a few days off and went on a safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa.  Then, on my actual birthday, I spent it brushing down, feeding and interacting with elephants in the Hazeyview Elephant Sanctuary.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do these amazing things, and I really need to thank the PULSE team for allowing me to have this unbelievable experience.  Thank you so much, this has been such an amazing and life changing experience that I will treasure always.

Please enjoy the pictures.

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These next pictures were taken on my birthday in the Elephant Sanctuary in Hazeyview.  Here I got to interact with Kasper and Kitso.  There is an issue with Elephant over population in South Africa.  Prior to the 1980’s elephants were hunted in order to keep their numbers down.

Kasper (the elephant you see me with) was born in 1986.  By that time elephant hunting was technically no longer allowed, though poaching does continue even today.  When Kasper was a baby he and two of his brothers were sold to a family in Namibia.  All was fine until the elephants entered their teenage years and started wreaking havoc.  I’m sure parents with teenagers can relate…

The family who owned the elephants shot one of Kasper’s brothers in the head, electrocuted his other brother to death, and decided to create a hunt for Kasper in which hunters could pay for the privilege of being the ones to hunt and kill him.  Thankfully, the sanctuary found out about this and bought Kasper instead.

Both Kasper and Kitso will be released back into the wild.  The sanctuary is just working on finding a location that can support an influx of elephants.  In the meantime, I had the amazing privilege of interacting with these magnificent animals for a day.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

My next blog will feature pictures from my Cape Town/Namibia trip.

Until next time 🙂

12 comments

  1. Wow! AWESOME photos! All of those colors of the sunrise/sunset…wow – there are no words that can do it justice, as I’m sure the pictures don’t even do it justice! Wonderful to see you experiencing everything your PULSE assignment has to offer! And those elephants…such beautiful and majestic creatures!!

    1. Thank you. Yes seeing those sunsets and sunrises was just magical. One of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. Majestic is the perfect word for the elephants. This whole PULSE experience has just been awe inspiring for me. I feel so blessed to be a part of this incredible journey.

  2. I’m thrilled you are having an awesome experience both within PULSE and in/outside of the country seeing great things along the way – brings back memories of my times in South Africa. Miss it – all the continued best.

  3. Wow Christina, awesome pictures!!! I enjoyed looking at them. I know there are more to follow and can’t wait to see them all. 😍❤

    1. Dionne you have to go. South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world I have ever seen. You will love it. Guaranteed 😊

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