‘Library friends’ welcomes ‘big tusker’ speaker

2016-07-19 06:00
CEO and co-owner of Tembe Elephant Park Lodge.x Photo: supplied

CEO and co-owner of Tembe Elephant Park Lodge.x Photo: supplied

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THE Friends of Kloof Library Forum welcomes speaker Ernest Robbertse, CEO and co-owner of Tembe Elephant Park Lodge, who will give a talk and presentation on, 'Are these the last of the big tuskers', on Tuesday 26 July at 6pm at Kloof Senior Primary School Hall, Abelia Road.

Tembe Elephant Park is in Maputaland - the north-eastern corner of South Africa. It’s a 300 square kilometre Big Five National Park between Zululand and Mozambique, currently home to the biggest tuskers in southern Africa. These old, magnificent giants roam their ancient pathways through an ecologically rare sand-forest, grasslands and wetlands together with an infinitely rich diversity of bird and animal life. It is also the ancestral home of the proud Tembe Tribal Authority.

Robberste became involved at Tembe in 1998, when he, in partnership with the Tembe Tribe, established the Tembe Elephant Park Lodge within the national park. He has been involved in the development of the lodge, which is managed by the Tembe people, and with Tembe wildlife conservation, particularly the critical conservation of the few remaining big tuskers worldwide, and their genes.
He has worked closely with wildlife vet, Dr Johan Marais in this regard for many years. Robbertse also plays a significant role in tourism, job creation and education in the greater Tembe area.

He is such an avid coffee drinker that he has created a coffee emporium of world-class standards at Tembe Lodge. -supplied

For more information, contact Bev Elsip on 082 903 6841.

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