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Twin Elephant babies on Kapama Game Reserve

Nov 15, 20230 comments

A very rare sighting

As a safari guide at Kapama Karula, every day brings the promise of incredible wildlife encounters. However, some moments stand out as truly extraordinary, leaving an indelible mark on the heart. One such magical day unfolded when I had the privilege of witnessing a rare and unique sight in the heart of the African bush.

It was a crisp morning, the air filled with the sweet scents of the bushveld as the sun cast its golden glow over the Kapama Reserve. Little did we know that nature had a surprise in store for us. As we ventured into the reserve, our eyes widened at the sight of not one, but two adorable baby elephants frolicking under the watchful eyes of their mother.

My first sighting of these two baby elephants was at the beginning of November. Within that particular herd, there were a few newborn babies and it was just a pleasure to view them. I noticed that these two were so alike. They followed each other everywhere and stayed very close to one female. They even stuck together when the mother was feeding some distance away from the rest of the herd. My mind kept on telling me that they looked like twins. Twins are very rare in elephants. 

As we observed from a respectful distance, it was evident that these baby elephants were twins and shared an unspoken bond, moving in perfect harmony with one another. Their synchronicity was a testament to the deep connection that exists within elephant herds, especially amongst siblings, not to mention twins. What was truly fascinating was that they were also drinking at the same time from the same female. This confirmed my suspicions of whether they were twins. I have done some research on the probability of twins in elephants. There is a less than 1 % chance of this happening.

The sight of these resilient twins also reminded us of the challenges faced by young elephants in the wild. Their survival is a testament to the nurturing care of their mother and the protective embrace of the herd. Witnessing this family unit was a poignant reminder of the delicate balance that sustains life in the African bush.

Encounters like these underscore the importance of conservation efforts to protect the habitats and ecosystems that foster such extraordinary moments. Kapama Private Game Reserve remains committed to safeguarding the delicate balance of nature, ensuring that future generations can also revel in the wonders of the wild.

As the twin elephants meandered into the lush vegetation with their mom and the rest of the herd, our hearts swelled with gratitude for the privilege of sharing in this remarkable moment. Nature, with its infinite wonders, continues to unfold its mysteries at Kapama Karula, inviting us to cherish and protect the magic that exists within its borders.

Video and story bu Kapama Karula Guide – Ian De Weerd

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