Category: AERU News


As we advance deeper into the year, the calendar suggests a return of warmer days otherwise known as the Spring season. However, as those of you who have been at AERU before may know, the Garden Route has its own interpretation of seasons. September and October so far have been ... Read More
January 10, 2024AERU



A New Chapter

The African Elephant Research Unit (AERU) was established at the Knysna Elephant Park as a means of addressing the lack of research available on captive African elephants in South Africa, particularly with respect to their welfare and husbandry within their own unique environments. Ten years have passed and we now find ... Read More
June 4, 2020Maud Bonato


We have spent many hours piecing together all the wonderful contributions that have been submitted by previous volunteers and staff and tried to include as many a possible.
April 16, 2020Maud Bonato


Have a look to see what we and our elephants have been up to these last few months. Enjoy!
September 30, 2019Maud Bonato


For three years now Harry and his elephant family have enjoyed life at their new home, Plettenberg Game Reserve, where they enjoy a massive area to explore and feed.
June 18, 2019Maud Bonato


Volunteering with AERU and getting the chance to live and work alongside some of the most beautiful creatures on this planet (even if we do say ourselves) affects people in many different ways
March 23, 2019Maud Bonato


Happy Days in AERU's Lab! In our previous newsletter we told you about the crowdfunding organised by Sara Larca, a volunteer who joined us for 4 weeks in March.
December 14, 2018Maud Bonato


It has been a busy few months in the AERU department! Not only research wise but we have also hosted events, made enrichment devices and followed lots of elephants during tourist walks for one of our students research projects. We’ve also had a bunch of incredibly proactive volunteers from all walks ... Read More
September 11, 2018Maud Bonato


It’s already May 2018 and the last year has flown by. 2017 was a year of exciting changes for the Knysna Elephant Park and the African Elephant Research Unit. Between elephant releases, new elephant arrivals, and some large-scale student projects – in addition to our regular work building up a ... Read More
May 11, 2018Maud Bonato