Elephant Identification

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is a proud sponsor of Save the Elephants South Africa, a research project based at Tanda Tula which collects valuable data from elephants in the Timbavati and Greater Kruger National Park.

Some elephants have been fitted with GPS tracking collars which assist the researchers in tracking their movements and locations over a large area.

Elephant ear tear

However, the more common way of identifying individual elephants is by their ear patterns. Every elephant has a unique pattern to its ear, very much like human fingerprints. These patterns are formed over the years by elephants tearing and damaging their ears on vegetation or through fights with other animals.

In the above photo, you can clearly see a massive tear in this cows right ear, a very distinctive feature that will set her apart from the rest of her herd. The tear looks recent as you can still make out some blood on her shoulder. What caused the tear is unknown, but this photo will help researchers in identifying the cow in the field when amongst other elephants.

Whilst staying at Tanda Tula Safari Camp you can visit the Save the Elephants research centre, where the experienced researchers will give you a presentation to find out more about these fascinating animals that we call our neighbours.

For more information on Save the Elephants visit: http://www.savetheelephants.org/

3 thoughts on “Elephant Identification

  1. There is a cow elephant with a VERY similar tear in her right ear who has been seen several times in Sabi Sands on the old Wildearth/Safari camera. I have two screenshots of her taken in February 2009.

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