Two bull elephants from well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die under sedation

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died under sedation during Lowveld relocation efforts at Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23.

According to the elephants’ owner and keeper, Craig Saunders, they had been in the care of Elephant Sanctuary, Hazyview for 20 years.

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Saunders had bought part of Lamloch Farm just outside Kleinmond eight years ago. It was his vision to move two adult bull elephants from Hazyview to Kleinmond, as their existing habitat at Hazyview had come under increasing social and environmental pressure. He invested years in careful planning with a focus on removing alien species and restoring the property to its original condition, hence the establishment of KWS.

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“We are absolutely devastated to announce the loss of our two beloved elephant bulls. Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary‘s goal has always been to keep these two African elephants safe and comfortable for the rest of their lives. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of keeping the sanctuary and Kasper and Kitso’s life alive,” Saunders said.

*Lowvelder previously reported he was a veterinarian, story has been updated

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