- DURATION 60 mins
Mt Elgon, an extinct volcano straddling the Kenya/Uganda border, is home to a unique population of elephants. Consuming vegetation made low in minerals by the leaching effect of heavy rainfall, elephants travel upto 150m in to the mountain to “mine” the mineral rich volcanic rock.
The talk will also explore the wider natural and cultural history of the the mountain and the fascinating theories as to how the caves might have been formed.
To support the conservation work at Mt Elgon, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/q76w3-mt-elgon-elephant-project
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Stephen
Formerly a vet, Stephen changed career to pursue a lifelong passion for wildlife, wildlife photography, filming and conservation. Stephen’s material has made a number of TV appearances, featured in the national press and won major awards. His photography concentrates on interesting and challenging wildlife subjects, many of which are in and close to his home.
Preparing for the Event
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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!
Stephen Powles's talk was excellent. I had never heard of mining elephants - and he began by giving a comprehensive overview of the area where they live. He didn't get on to the elephants themselves until nearly half way through the talk, but that was fine because it helped us understand why they live as they do. A fascinating talk about animals whose way of life is under threat - and what the conservation organisation are doing about it.
Very good speaker who gave some interesting and fascinating facts about the Cave Elephants of Mt Elgon and the region. Have heard his talk on Otters which also was very good.
A most intriguing title which proved to be a most absorbing talk; extremely well presented at a nice easy pace. I learnt a lot. Very enjoyable. Thank you.
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