Addo Elephant Park, a sanctuary for a wide range of South Africa\'s Wildlife, is located in the thick bushveld of the Sundays River, in the Eastern Cape. The original section of the park was founded in 1931, in part due to the efforts of Sydney Skaife, in order to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area. Situated in a malaria free area just one hour\'s drive from Port Elizabeth, the park now has over 450 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, a variety of antelope species and the unique flightless dung beetle.
The original park has subsequently been expanded to include the Woody Cape Nature Reserve that extends from the Sundays River mouth towards Alexandria and a marine reserve, which includes St. Croix Island and Bird Island, an important breeding habitat for gannets and penguins, not to mention a large variety of other marine life. Bird Island is home to the world\'s largest breeding colony of gannets - about 120,000 birds - and also hosts the second largest breeding colony of African penguins, the largest breeding colony being St Croix island. This forms part of the plan to expand the Addo National Elephant Park considerably into the Greater Addo Elephant National Park, almost doubling in size.
The expansion has meant not only that the park contains five of South Africa\'s seven major vegetation zones but also the so-called \"Big 7\" (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, whale and great white shark) in their natural habitat.
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