LIFE

A Herd Of Mango-Loving Elephants Gatecrashes A Safari Lodge’s Reception Area

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

What would you do to get your favorite food? Chances are, you’d do almost anything, especially if you could only eat that food just a couple of months out of the year.

Well, these elephants are no different!

These elephants living in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park have a very peculiar taste for mangoes. But these aren’t just any mangoes: They grow on a wild mango tree. 

The problem is what the elephants need to do in order to get to that tree. And this obstacle doesn’t stop them from making the pilgrimage to this tree several times a day, between mid-October and late-December.

In order to get the coveted fruit, the elephants must cross a safari lodge located within the park.

But they don’t even bother going around the low buildings — they just walk straight through them, as if they were lodge guests!

The small herd can be seen crossing the reception area, while two lodge employees stand still behind the reception desk. The elephants calmly walk past them, without knowing that they’re doing something very naughty! They even have to hurdle some small stone walls. They would really do anything to get to these wild mangoes!

Apparently, the elephants have been making these trips since the 1970s, when an elephant named “Wonky Tusk” first led them to the mango tree.

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