Elephants Journey 12 Hours to Honor the Man Who Saved Them

The incredible bond between elephants and humans has been showcased in an awe-inspiring event.

Known for their remarkable intelligence, elephants have a unique way of interacting with humans and other animals. This story is a testament to that special connection.

In 2012, the world lost Lawrence Anthony, a famed conservationist and author often called “The Elephant Whisperer.”


After his passing, a mysterious and poignant elephant procession took place, leaving Anthony’s family in awe.

Elephant Herd Travel 12 Hours To Mourn Human Who Rescued Them

Two separate herds of wild elephants from South Africa traveled almost 12 hours to reach Lawrence Anthony’s KwaZulu-Natal home. Astonishingly, the elephants had no external cues to guide them to his residence.

Lawrence Anthony, a dedicated supporter of the Earth Foundation, saved and rehabilitated numerous elephants and other stranded wildlife. His son, Dylan Anthony, now leads the reserve and upholds his father’s legacy.


Dylan recounted the heartfelt tribute the two elephant herds paid to his father. “They hadn’t visited the house in one and a half years, and it took them about 12 hours to make the journey,” he said.

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“The first herd arrived on Sunday, and the second one a day later. They all hung around for about two days before returning to the bush.”

While the reason for their visit is evident, how the elephants knew of Lawrence’s passing remains a mystery. Dr. Rabbi Leila Gal Berner was astonished, saying, “A good person suddenly died.


From miles away, two herds of elephants, feeling they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funeral’ procession to call the bereaved family at their Lawrence’s home.”

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Rabbi Leila continued, “The heart of one human has stopped beating, and the hearts of hundreds of elephants are grieving.

This man’s boundless loving heart blessed these elephants with healing, and now they come to pay their loving homage to their friend.”

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