The coronavirus is destroying many industries, and one of the biggest hits is travel and tourism, where millions of jobs are lost and billions of pounds are lost.
However, the damage to some tourism sectors was even greater than others, as charities and other experiences that were dependent on public funds lost much, if not all, of their income.
One company that needs to find new and alternative ways to increase its revenue is South African Elephant Adventure.
Managed by 37-year-old Sean Hensman and his wife Jenna from Kent, the couple offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the seven elephants on their farm.
The operation began when the Sean family received their first two elephants in a massacre in Zimbabwe.
The two orphans wanted him to play on his farm before they realized they were too young – so they took on a full-time elephant.
After learning more about him, the family agreed to accept more orphans and “problem” elephants before being forced to do so by Robert Mugabe.
The elephant adventure founded in the Limpopo region began in 2010 and has welcomed 15,000 guests every year since last year.
Activities include bathing the elephants, swimming with them, or walking through the bush with them.
They also organize weddings and other events where visitors can interact with wildlife.
In the photo, Sean must find new ways to keep doing business during the +5 pandemic
The Sean pictured must find new ways to keep business going during the pandemic
Mr Hensman said: “Without a doubt, our herd of elephants is the largest in Africa and the world. We learn everything about them.
However, all of this must stop when the pandemic erupts, which means entire operations are closed for months due to the blockade.
“We are really struggling. There is no tourism and no international guests, which is an absolute disaster.
“We have no income, so this park is struggling.
“Even though we have some emergency funds, it is expensive to care for the seven elephants and related care.”
While African elephants must consume five percent of their body weight per day, adult bulls eat about 200 kg of food every 24 hours.
Elephant Adventure uses visitor fees to cover this huge expense, as Sean’s herd of two bulls, three cows and two calves requires nearly a ton of feed per day.
In the absence of any incoming money, the garden must think and diversify its functions.
This has been a problem zoos also face – today’s costs are high and no income is a difficult scenario.
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The adventures of elephants include adapting to the power of technology.
She holds private birthday meetings and lessons from Zoom for schools in the UK and around the world to interact practically and learn about elephants.
Up to 250 people can be contacted in a session to give children an idea of how elephants behave – and to offer new ways to make money from elephant adventures.
With schools in the UK gradually retreating, this is undoubtedly a good learning experience for them after months of uncertainty.
Nowadays, families can go on independent tours of farms in South Africa to watch elephants migrate instead of having to be taken out by Sean’s team.