14 March 2017
Four USC representatives will be among the guests attending the official re-opening of the famous Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Monday 20 March.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill and staff members Dr Sheila Peake and Kevin Todd will be joined at the event by Business student Ashleigh Farrell who is currently undertaking an internship with South African National Parks (SANParks).
The University has played a key role in creating new information displays about elephants at the world-famous interpretive centre that has just undergone its first major revamp since opening in the 1970s.
Dozens of USC Design students have contributed works ranging from intricate pencil drawings and static displays to photography and 3D imaging, while students from other disciplines, like Public Relations and Events, have also undertaken internships at the centre.
Mr Todd, who is USC’s Associate Director for Conservation Design Projects, said the University had been working on this project since 2011, and almost a dozen students had completed placements at the elephant hall during that time.
“This scientific conservation artwork represents thousands of hours of work from our students,” he said.
“The students have produced some truly beautiful pencil drawings of tusker elephants, through to digitally remastered maps and information on elephant ecology.”
Dr Peake, USC’s International Relations Projects Manager, is already in South Africa where the event is shaping up as a major celebration.
“The re-opening will be a huge deal for South Africa,” she said. “USC has gifted the production and shipping of the new displays to SANParks, which has involved more than 40 USC students in design work over the past six years.”
— Terry Walsh