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Media Release: Letaba Elephant Hall Reopens

Date: 2006-03-24


New attractions of The Elephant Hall at Letaba Main Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which reopened today (Thursday March 23, 2006), include a full-size elephant skeleton and the impressive tusks of Mandleve.


Both these new exhibits add considerable value and are a result of an upgrade of the facility, which has taken six weeks to complete.




Photo left: The tusks of Mandleve - the heaviest ever found in Kruger - are now displayed at the Elephant Hall.


It has also brightened up the hall so that visitors can enjoy the other exhibits, which include the skulls and ivory of the six of the original seven of the KNP’s legendary Magnificent Seven elephants, as well as displays on how elephants evolved as a species and the struggle that conservationists had to endure to protect these huge herbivores against poaching.


“We trust that we have made this facility even better than it was,” said Mr Ben van Eeden, the regional manager for the Northern Business Unit, “and also trust that the temporary closure did not inconvenience our guests too much but we hope that they enjoy the new display.”


Apart from a new coat of paint and general maintenance, the Hall also received a series of large murals, which were prepared especially for the hall.




Photo right: Another new attraction of the revamped Elephant Hall is an entire elephant skeleton.


Rotary International sponsored funding to make the Mandleve tusk display and the Bushveld Region Honorary Rangers provided the funding for the full elephant skeleton display.


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