Thursday 19 October 2023


Throughout history, the African continent has been home to a rich tapestry of cultures, many of which have harnessed the incredible power of elephants for war and labor. The methods used by Africans in regions like the Congo, Nubia Kush now present Sudan and Ethiopia to tame and train these majestic creatures remain a fascinating, yet often overlooked, chapter in African history. In this article, we will delve into the techniques employed by these societies and explore the Royal African War Elephant organization's efforts to shed light on this hidden history.

Taming and Training Elephants in Africa:

(1). Gentle Training: African elephant trainers used humane and gentle techniques, building strong bonds with the animals through trust and positive reinforcement. They understood that patience was key to earning the elephant's loyalty. Oftentimes the young calves were taken during elephant hunts to be tamed, trained and raised.

(2). Voice Commands and Gestures: Verbal commands and hand signals were used to convey orders to the elephants. Handlers developed unique vocalizations and cues for various tasks, creating a sophisticated form of communication.

(3). Cultural Significance: Elephants held deep cultural significance in many African societies. Respect for these creatures was instilled in generations, ensuring their treatment was humane and dignified.

(4). Hereditary Knowledge: The art of elephant training was often passed down through families and generations. This ensured a continuous repository of knowledge regarding the care and handling of these animals.

The Forgotten Monuments and Artifacts

Tragically, much of the historical legacy of African war elephants, including monuments and artifacts, has been lost to war, colonialism, and theft.

Excerpt from: The Forgotten Legacy of African War Elephants: A Journey of Rediscovery

 A Book Authored By Marquett J. Ivy

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