Tembe Elephant Park
|Tembe Elephant Park|
|Location||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Nearest city||Durban, South Africa|
|Area||30,012 ha (115.88 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife|
The park was developed by Tembe Tribal Authority and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
It was established in 1983 to protect elephants which used to migrate between Maputaland and southern Mozambique. These elephants were traumatised by poaching during the civil war in Mozambique so the park was only opened to the public in 1991. The park is now home to 250 elephants which are the largest in the world. Isilo, the largest living tusker in the southern hemisphere, died in 2014.
200 more elephants which used to be part of the same group live in the Maputo Elephant Reserve in Mozambique. The Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area is planned to link the two reserves and the Lubombo Conservancy in Swaziland in a single transfrontier reserve.
This park is to be included into the: Usuthu-Tembe-Futi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
- "Biggest elephant in Southern Africa dies - Africa Geographic". Africa Geographic. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2018-03-18.