Elephant Tracking Report: December 2011


As many of you may already know, Tanda Tula Safari Camp has been the chief benefactor of the “Save the Elephants South Africa (STE-SA)” NPO, for numerous years. The research centre is located within Tanda Tula, offering our guests a unique experience to see the work that the researchers are doing.

Below you will find the December Elephant Tracking Report which shows you the movements of various collared elephants.

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Tracking Animals for Conservation
Elephant Tracking Report No. 7: December 2011

We bring you an update of the movement of 27 collared elephants in the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), Kruger National Park (KNP) and Limpopo National Park (LNP) in Mozambique.

Intwandamela and Mac seem to be enjoying the KNP and spent all of the last month in the reserve. The positions of seven of the twelve elephants collared within the Makuleke Concession area of the KNP indicate that most of these elephants, with the exception of Mangala and Nwankwimbi, have now moved away from the vicinity of the Limpopo River. Most significantly, Zingi has ventured far north of the river entering Zimbabwe. (See Figure 4) Nwambi and Bvekenya are also showing us some exciting movements as they move through the KNP and Mozambique. (See Figure 5)

None of our collared elephants ventured into Balule Private Nature Reserve or Southern Timbavati this month. With the exception of Joan ending the month just east of the Phalaborwa Mines, the rest of our collared elephants stayed in the northern half of the APNR. Lapajuma, Matambu, Gower, General, Irving and Soshangane have spent most of the month roaming the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Umbabat Private Nature Reserve was home to Proud, Diney and Classic whilst in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve we had a number of our collared elephants moving in and out of the area throughout the month. At the end of December we had Yvonne, Big Al, Tussle and Summer in the vicinity of our camp.

To help you understand the elephants and their movements the first position of the month is indicated with a diamond and the last position of the month is indicated with an elephant. Cows all point to the left and bulls to the right.

We hope you enjoy this latest report.

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Report prepared by Amy Clark
December 2011
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Figure 1: Positions of the Elephants in Northern Kruger NP (Pafuri – Makuleke Concession) December 2011

Figure 2: Positions of the Elephants in Central Kruger NP December 2011

Figure 3: Positions of the Elephants in the APNR December 2011

Figure 4: Colleen (Green), Zingi (Light Blue), Agnes, Mangala & Nwankwimbi (Red)

Figure 5: Mac, Nwambi and Bvekenya
Mac has returned to his favourite area in the northern section of Kruger NP. Bvekenya re-appeared on our screens, as he has come back from his adventures to an area where his satellite collar transmits signal. Nwambi made his way into Mozambique to join him for a while, before heading south to the river and then returning north.

Figure 6: Diney (Light Blue), Proud (Orange), Matambu (Green)
Diney, after spending most of the month around the Olifants River has made her way south, back to Umbabat PNR. Proud continued to roam the northern sections of the APNR, whilst Matambu made his way west from Umbabat PNR, spending most of this month in Klaserie PNR.

Figure 7: Joan (Purple), Lapajuma (Pink).
Joan has spent most of her time in her favourite area, the PMC, Spending a short time in northern Klaserie, before moving North into Kruger. Lapajuma has continued to traverse her preferred area of northern Klaserie.

Figure 8: Big Al (Blue), Yvonne (Red)
Big Al has had his first recorded musth this month and has spent his time moving between Timbavati and Umbabat PNR. Yvonne has covered a large area this month also between Timbavati and Umbabat PNR.

Figure 9: Classic (Red) & Intwandamela (Green)
Classic hasn’t travelled too far since our last report, only heading slightly east in Umbabat PNR and spending a bit of time in the North eastern corner of Timbavati. Intwandamela however has travelled more than 70km north from his position in our last report and is currently only 12km south west of letaba rest camp.

Figure 10: Tussle (Blue) & Gower (Light Blue)
Tussle was in musth this month and covered a large area over Timbavati and Klaserie occasionally crossing paths with Gower as they both moved back and forth across the Klaserie and Timbavati boundary.

Figure 11: Irving (Blue) & Soshangane (Orange)
Irving has left his usual area along the Olifants River and moved through Klaserie PNR, heading south into Timbavati and then beginning to complete his circle by moving back north into Klaserie. Soshangane has continued to explore the western section of Klaserie PNR.

Figure 12: General
General has moved away from the Timbavati River since our last report. Spending most of his time on Timbavati’s western boundary close to the Klaserie River. He then travelled into the centre of Timbavati before heading north into Klaserie PNR.

A special word of thanks to the following individuals who have kindly donated collars:
Stefan Breuer — Joubert De Lange — Phyllis Gower — Martin & Sophie Haupt
Charlie Irish — Bruce Jenkins — Andreas Liebenburg — Brian & Claire Makare — Robert Mann
Marlene McCay — Tony McClellan — Barry & Mandy Mence — Chris Pearson
Lonnie Strickland — Irving & Yvonne Tucker — Nelda Villines