Last week we had a visitor at the tourist bandas, an elephant doing demolition work behind the kitchen area.
We were coming back from the forest when I took this photo about 300-m from my house. He glanced at us briefly before walking off to push down a palm tree.
The elephants on the island originate from the Serengeti, 14 were introduced in 1972 and today there are around 50-100 of them. They roam freely across the entire island and we often hear them whilst working in the forest. For the most part they don’t give us any problems, but a few times they have charged and we have had to drop everything and run in order to escape their fury.
They knock down many trees in the forest, including chimpanzee nesting trees and fruit trees
Pic of SY clearing the road after the elephant had knocked down a tree