Elephant herd provides ‘magic moment’ with close encounter

On a visit to the Amakhala Game Reserve, it is possible to view any of the “Big 5” of Africa, also known as a lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and African buffalo.

And if you’re lucky, you might have a “magic moment” provided by a herd of elephants, as conservationist Grant Fowlds enjoyed recently on safari. Fowlds posted video of the close encounter on Instagram. The elephants got to within an arm’s length of tourists.

“Magic moment in the wild and why we try to protect these magnificent animals,” Fowlds wrote on the post.

Fowlds has a passion for preserving wildlife, as evidenced by his website, where he states:

“From a very young age, I lived and played in the African bush, enjoying the natural wonders provided by nature. My passion for nature in later life has forged a career in preserving wildlife, teaching our youth in the abundant wealth of nature and conserving a vanishing way of Life.

“For over a decade I have been involved in a private park restoration in Southern Africa and recently started consulting in West Africa. My knowledge and passion has been conveyed to thousands of youth in schools through community conservation awareness.”

Among the hats Fowlds wears: Ambassador and fundraiser for Project Rhino, a speaker, Community Conservation Educator, social entrepreneur, Marketing of Amakhala Game Reserve, and author.

Story originally appeared on For The Win