tribute to an extraordinary man – Nathan
is with the deepest regret that Nathan Jamieson,
Elephant Manager of Abu’s Elephant Back Safaris camp in Botswana’s
Okavango Delta, died on the 20th of October 2010, in a tragic accident
with an elephant.
Nathan had worked
with a variety of animals from giraffes and rhinos to gorillas and
chimpanzees before his passion for elephants took centre stage.
But irrespective of the species, his commitment to learning about
his subjects knew no bounds. With an open mind and an enviable natural
ability to think outside the box, he often succeeded in stimulating
the animals in a unique and original fashion. Having most recently
worked at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos in Australia, Nathan’s
work with elephants had previously taken him as far afield as Thailand
and Canada before he joined Abu’s Elephant Back Safaris in
March 2010. As a well-respected elephant handler, Nathan had also
travelled internationally to give talks and share his elephant knowledge
with fellow specialists.
and big-hearted, Nathan would always make time to listen to other
people’s problems, yet he retained a mischievous trait and
his light-hearted, fun-filled character would dominate many a party.
Above all though, he was an explorer and adventurer, both literally
and in a quest to stretch his mind and provoke the thoughts of his
friends and colleagues. His cell phone welcome message, “I
own my own destiny” aptly illustrates his outlook on life
as does one of his favourite quotes by Robert Frost: “Two
roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
Nathan was one
of the few people in the world who genuinely loved what he did and
considered the Okavango Delta the ultimate location to practice
his craft. In the relatively short time he was at Abu, he was constantly
striving to improve upon elephant training techniques and collate
as much information as possible to further enhance his understanding
of the animals he so admired.
for conservation and love for elephants enthused and motivated those
around him. He was and will remain an inspiration to all that knew
him and our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones during
this difficult time.
Nathan Jamieson Memorial Fund
During his time
in Botswana, Nathan came to know Dr. Mike Chase. The two established
an immediate rapport, and Nathan admired the work that “Elephant
Without Borders” is doing for wild elephants across the region.
Thus, Nathan's family and friends have asked Dr. Chase if he would
establish and maintain a Memorial Fund in honour of Nathan and the
work Nathan did.
All funds donated
will go towards the collaring of a wild bull elephant, which will
become part of this important study, and will be named in Nathan's
honour. EWB will post regular reports on the movements and activities
of the elephant, for friends, family and donors to follow.
“A tribute to an extraordinary man – Nathan Jamieson”
Gratitude to Nathan Jamieson Memorial Fund Donors
Sheila Donnelly & Associates
David & Greer Blair family
Elephant Back Safaris
John & Kathleen Crockart
Robert and Tonia Cox
Jean “Chooky” Jamieson
Scott and Joanne Smith
The Schaap family
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