The below report has kindly been provided by Save the Elephants South Africa. Based at Tanda Tula Safari Camp, the team of Save the Elephants South Africa track elephants, including some of Africa’s biggest tuskers, across boundaries from Private Nature Reserves to National Parks and across international boundaries to Zimbabwe and Mocambique. They identify individual elephants, study population dynamics and habitat use, and examine the effects of elephants on key tree species. Guests of Tanda Tula Safari Camp are invited to visit the research centre to learn more about the amazing work that the team at Save the Elephants South Africa does.
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Tracking Animals for Conservation
Elephant Tracking Report No. 5: Late July to Late August 2011
We bring you an update of the movement of 26 collared elephants in the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), Kruger National Park (KNP) and Limpopo National Park (LNP) in Mozambique. On the 30th August we replaced a collar and fitted a new satellite collar to a bull elephant called Soshangane in the Balule Private Nature Reserve. We look forward to seeing his continued movements in this area for the next few years. Sadly, Mellow was found dead on the 7th of September in the KNP by Richard Sowry, the KNP Section Ranger. The cause of death is unknown but suspected to be intra-specific fighting.
Wessa, Tussle and Mac seem to be enjoying the KNP and spent all of the last month in the reserve. The positions of nine of the twelve elephants collared within the Makuleke Concession area of the KNP indicate that most of these elephants have stayed in the vicinity of the Limpopo River. Bvekenya has moved into LNP. We would like to use this opportunity to thank Wilderness Safari Trust, ConservAfrica and the US Fish and Wildlife Services for financially supporting our Northern KNP study. Collars were donated by Wilderness Safari Trust, South African Breweries (SAB), the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) and the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Irving as well as Joan, Lapajuma and Umbabat spent most of the month roaming in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, with Joan venturing further afield towards Phalaborwa Mining Company. Irving also spent his time moving into the Balule Private Nature Reserve. The Umbabat Private Nature Reserve was home to several of the elephants, such as Matambu, Diney and Classic while in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve we had many of our collared elephants staying nearby such as Gower, Proud, Yvonne, Summer and General. Intwandamela has been out of the Timbavati and venturing further afield yet again, in the Manyeleti for most of the month.
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.
Save the Elephants – South Africa
Report prepared by Sarah Bergs