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Elephants are Messy Neighbours

For this years' World Elephant Day, we asked our field staff to share their most memorable elephant experiences. Here are their stories.

Maryam Njau I still adore them and they stand to be my ideal type of animal in the Serengeti ecosystem. Maryam Njau
Maryam's story: I love elephants and I have pictures of them on the walls in my home in Serengeti. I like looking at elephants, how huge they are, as an inspiration for my personal life's success and growth. But at times, elephants tend to be aggressive, especially during dry season, and they can be quite destructive.

Earlier this year, they pierced my water tank with their tusks while I was away. On my arrival, I was surprised to find my water tank empty. Having no water left for usage was a disaster indeed, considering the fact that it would only be refilled by rain that wasn't to come for some time. But despite their destructive behaviours, I still adore them and they stand to be my ideal type of animal in the Serengeti ecosystem.

Maryam Njau is working as administrative assistant for FZS in Tanzania.
Elephants at Maryams house in Tanzania. Piercing the water tank. (Maryam Njau)

The elephants find Maryam's water tank quite tempting...
Elephants at Maryams house in Tanzania. Piercing the water tank. (Maryam Njau)

...and simply pierce it with their tusks to get to the water. 

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