Illustrated Talks

Wednesday 26 May

7.30pm via Zoom

‘Going Under Ground:
The Cave Mining Elephants of Mt Elgon’


an illustrated talk via Zoom by
Stephen Powles

‘Mt Elgon, an extinct volcano straddling the Kenya/Uganda border, is home to a unique population of elephants. Consuming a montane vegetation made low in minerals by the leaching effect of heavy rainfall, elephants travel upto 150m in to the mountain to “mine” the mineral rich volcanic rock. The talk will also explore the wider natural and cultural history of the the mountain and the fascinating theories as to how the caves might have been formed.


We can not meet at Christ Church for our scheduled programme of talks during the present state of the COVID-19 crisis. The programme will continue through Zoom online video conferencing where possible until such time that indoor meetings are allowed and the committee feel that members will be confident to attend.

For Zoom login details, email before mid-day on the day of the talk —