We have named Thandi’s baby Fiela, in honour of a very special guest that has been visiting the Park for the last 14 years – Hannelie Potgieter.
Hannelie’s nickname is Fiela and she is called the Elephant Mother by all who know her, because of her amazing passion for elephants. She was also here the night the baby was born, only a few hours before Hannelie celebrated her own birthday.
Another reason this relationship is so special is that it was the elephants the helped diagnose her cancer. Sally in particular always used to scan her body where the cancer was, unbeknown to Hannelie. When her cancer was finally diagnosed, it was in the exact area Sally used to scan.