Most people think that an elephant is afraid or dislikes the presence of dogs. Elephants, for the most part, are a peaceful creature. They do not harm others if they are not threatened. At Elephant Nature park, most herds will have a pack of mahout dogs who follow them every foot step. The elephants pay them no mind, and some are quite fond of them. The dogs are relaxed, able to sleep anywhere. When the elephants move, the dogs will follow, or they will be gently notified if they are required to get out of the way.
Habitat loss and fragmentation is the biggest threat to the continuing survival of Asian elephants. The main cause of the loss of the natural forest is pressure from human population growth.
RUNDU: Herds of marauding elephants continue to be a source of misery and fear among residents of Kavango West after another report emerged the jumbos destroyed an entire homestead and ruined water pipes and a tank at a community borehole.
The damages happened at Ncorose village in Mpungu Constituency.
One of the biggest lessons we have learned from elephants is to try to be present, live in the here and now. This is almost always easier said than done, especially with the never ending to-do list at the sanctuary. But it is one of the most impressive qualities elephants have and a big part of the reason they are able to forgive, move on, heal and grow.