- Inventors Les Ansley and Professor Paula Ansley have created South Africa’s first ever gin made from elephant poop
- The two creators took inspiration from Mzansi’s gentle giants when they noticed that much of what elephants eat passes through their systems undigested
- The gin is put through a stringent process which kills all the bacteria in the dung
Scientists Les and Paula Ansley have made history with the creation of South Africa’s first ever elephant dung gin.
The two came up with the idea on a safari trip to Kenya and haven’t looked back since, The South African reported.
Elephants naturally graze on SA foliage that includes a host of fragrant botanicals which contain similar flavours used in gins the world over.
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On top of this, a great deal of what elephants consume is left undigested, so the plant-based dung is perfect for gin infusion.
The creators of this unique drink explain, on their website:
“The original idea for elephant dung gin came from marrying the love of Africa and its wildlife with the love of gin. We are both scientists—and therefore inclined towards novel ideas and problem solving—so when Paula had the idea we really wanted to see whether it would actually be possible. The more we explored the concept the more it opened up and the more excited we became.”
The process that turns the elephant poop into gin is a thorough one and involves killing all the negative bacteria in the dung.
Passionate about the outdoors and African wildlife, the company also gives 15% from the sale of every Indlovu gin bottle to nature conservation, Briefly.co.za found out.
“This is an exclusive gin for the person who loves the spirit of Africa – the freedom, the sunsets, the textures and the flavours of the African bush,” the creators explain on their website.
Watch an animation of how Indlovu gin is made below:
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