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Salt-Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon

Salt-Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon

Our latest vEcotour has more depth than ever, literally! Venture nearly 200m or 650 ft deep into Kitum Cave where you’ll cross paths with the world’s only “Troglodyte Tuskers”!

All three species of elephant – the African Savannah Elephant, the African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant – are endangered. They are killed for their front teeth for the ivory trade and trophies. Their babies are stolen to be cruelly trained for rides and tourist photos. Their habitat is being destroyed for agriculture, mines, buildings and roads. But if everyone understood how important elephants are to maintaining the ecosystems that sustain us all, perhaps we would value them as the biggest and most important #GardenersoftheForest.

Elephants disperse more seeds of more species of tree than any other animal – every day they sow the seeds of the trees of tomorrow, trees that we need to soak up carbon and prevent dangerous climate change;  moreover, each elephant produces about one tonne of manure per week enriching the soil; they dig waterholes, create long-distance footpaths and excavate mineral-rich salt-licks that benefit other animals. And on Mount Elgon in Kenya, the world’s only troglodyte tuskers go deep underground… yes, underground, deep into the dark zone of caves, beneath bats roosting overhead, feeling their way with trunk outstretched like a blind person with a cane. To find out why and how, join host Ian Redmond as he guides you through an immersive 360-degree tour of this unique location!

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Salt-Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon 1.039640, 34.789777 Salt-Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon Venture nearly 200m or 650 ft deep into Kitum Cave, Kenya, where you’ll cross paths with the world’s only “Troglodyte Tuskers”! Click here or on the image to start your vEcotour.

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  1. Linda

    I have just done the Virtual Tour and it is absolutely fantastic – I totally recommend it to anyone interested in preserving animals in the wild. I can only hope that in 10 years time it will still be possible to visit the caves and see wild elephants. People often think that poaching is not something that we here in the UK can stop – but we can lobby people in influence to continue to fight the trade in ivory/bush meat etc., and raise it with anyone we meet from countries like China. If we constantly explain how amazing these creatures are and how we must preserve them and their environment for the next generation, we can each make a difference. This video assist with this!

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