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Gareth Patterson's Beyond the Secret Elephants research and book project.

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Gareth Patterson's Beyond the Secret Elephants research and book project.

In 1999, the Knysna elephants - the world's most southerly elephants - were thought to be a 'functionally extinct' population. But in 2001, Gareth Patterson, well-known wildlife author and award-winning wildlife researcher (www.garethpatterson.com), undertook an independent self-funded research project on the Knysna elephants. For more than seven years Gareth covered some 22,000 kms on foot (the equivalent of walking half way around the world). The results of the study were extraordinary. The combination of field work and DNA research, established that the Knysna elephants were not 'functionally extinct', and that a small and viable elephant population existed (and still exists).

The elephants had quietly, unseen and without the aid of mankind, brought themselves back from the brink.

In 2009, Gareth's work on the Knysna elephants culminated in his now much-loved book, The Secret Elephants (Penguin Books). Next year will be the tenth anniversary of when the book was first published.

Currently Gareth is researching and working on the sequel -  Beyond the Secret Elephants. This exciting book will not only update the story of the Knysna elephants, but will for the very first time, reveal extraordinary information about other mysterious beings that Gareth discovered are also inhabiting the Knysna elephants forest and mountain fynbos home...

Donations

  • Aug 12, 2018 - USD $ 13.43
  • "Loved the first book and film and have been following Gareth's work for years. Happy to contribute." - Laura Savill

  • Aug 12, 2018 - USD $ 74.66
  • "We want to see this project happen - go for it Gareth!! " - Sustainable Jungle

  • Aug 05, 2018 - USD $ 13.68
  • "Good luck!" - Ann Francis

  • Jul 04, 2018 - USD $ 38.47
  • "Gareth I wish you all the best with this project!!" - Karien Eigner

  • Jul 03, 2018 - R 160.00
  • "So much luck with this project GP! Onward - and strength to your arm!!" - Julie

  • Jul 03, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Gareth's work is well worth supporting!" - Darwin Primate Group

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Donations to date

R 2 619.42

Fundraising target

R 120 000.00
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Currently Gareth is researching and working on the sequel -  Beyond the Secret Elephants. This exciting book will not only update the story of the Knysna elephants, but will for the very first time, reveal extraordinary information about other mysterious beings that Gareth discovered are also inhabiting the Knysna elephants forest and mountain fynbos home...