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Summer School 2021

The Knysna mysteries

THE KNYSNA MYSTERIES

In his 2009 book, The Secret Elephants: The Rediscovery of the World’s Most Southerly Elephants, environmentalist and author Gareth Patterson solved the mystery of how many elephants remain in the Knysna forests. After years of quietly walking through the trees, tracking spoor and collecting dung samples for DNA analysis, he discovered that the forests contained not just one lonely old matriarch, but at least five individual females and at least two male elephants. This lecture is based on Patterson’s new book, Beyond the Secret Elephants: Of Mystery, Elephants and Discovery, which tells the stories surrounding an even more intriguing mystery: Otang. ‘Otang’ is the local name for a relict hominoid (like the Yeti in the Himalayas or Bigfoot in North America) believed by some witnesses to be living in the Knysna forests.

This lecture will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

 

Recommended reading

Patterson, G. 2020. Beyond the Secret Elephants: Of Mystery, Elephants and Discovery. Johannesburg: Tracey McDonald Publishers.

Patterson, G. 2015. My Lion’s Heart: A Life for the Lions of Africa. Johannesburg: Tracey McDonald Publishers.

Patterson, G. 2009. The Secret Elephants: The Rediscovery of the World’s Most Southerly Elephants. Johannesburg: Penguin Books.

 

Date: Friday 15 January
Time: 1.00 pm                                    
COURSE FEES: R75