Elephant Management and Poaching in South Africa

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Re: Project Ivory launched at the Kruger National Park

Post by Flutterby » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:12 am

Probably! :-?

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Re: Project Ivory launched at the Kruger National Park

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:43 am

A lot of talks. Hopefully, it will not end like with the rhinos :evil:
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Re: Elephant Poaching in South Africa

Post by Richprins » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:04 am

I spoke to someone yesterday about the danger to big tuskers in Kruger. She said rhino poachers were indeed turning to ellies as the rhino are running out and it is tricky to get rhino unless one has an inside contact. However, big tusks are extremely heavy. In one case in the north a reasonably big bull was poached or at least the tusks acquired in the veld, but they were too difficult to carry so the poachers eventually left them near the closest road with the intent of fetching them later with a vehicle.

So not a big threat. However the situation could change as more employees in Kruger get involved in poaching themselves. :evil:
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Re: Elephant Management and Poaching in South Africa

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:19 am

It has been done elsewhere, so it can most likely also be done in Kruger. It is most likely a question of organisation and money from the criminal cartels. They have to change from rhino to elephants :evil:
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Re: Elephant Management and Poaching in South Africa

Post by Lisbeth » Fri May 10, 2019 12:23 pm

Elephant bull with failing eyesight treated for serious injuries

Posted on 10 May, 2019 by News Desk in News, Wildlife and the News Desk post series.

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Image source: Umbabat Private Nature Reserve

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Earlier this week Elephants Alive discovered one of their collared elephant bulls seriously injured in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve (UPNR). Not knowing the cause of the injury, they immediately got in touch with the warden of the reserve, Bryan Havemann, who, after an assessment of the bull, secured a permitfrom Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) for the team and vets to intervene.

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Matambu is a collared bull in his prime, but with failing eyesight © Elephants Alive

The elephant in question is known as Matambu, a bull in his prime but with failing eyesight. He is considered to be placid in nature and quite docile, which made darting him on foot relatively stress-free and quick by a team which included Wildvets, Dr. Joel Alves and Havemann.

“The reserve doesn’t normally intervene when injuries are as a result of natural causes,” said Havemann, “but in Mutambu’s case we couldn’t be sure what the cause of the injury was until the wounds were assessed”.

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Image source: Umbabat Private Nature Reserve

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It was established during Matambu’s assessment that the injuries to his genital and rump area were most likely caused by the tusk of another elephant bull.

First collared in 2006 by Elephants Alive, Matambu has proved to be vital to their studies. He has partial sight in one eye (which has a cataract), and blind in the other. This was discovered in 2017 during a routine change of batteries in his collar when a veterinary ophthalmologist was called in to assess him. Neither eye is likely causing him any pain or distress, however, the cataract will likely cause complete blindness over time.

Once Elephants Alive discovered that Matambu was seriously injured, they felt it was important to intervene to treat him as he is an important study animal. Aside from this serious injury, he is in relatively good health.

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Image source: Umbabat Private Nature Reserve

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After an hour of being tranquillised and successfully treated, Matambu woke up and slowly walked away to live another day. Elephants Alive and the reserve will continue to monitor his recovery.

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Re: Elephant Management and Poaching in South Africa

Post by RogerFraser » Fri May 10, 2019 8:16 pm

^Q^ \O

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Re: Elephant Management and Poaching in South Africa

Post by Flutterby » Sat May 11, 2019 9:40 am

Poor ellie! :-( So glad they helped him! ^Q^ ^Q^

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Re: Elephant Management and Poaching in South Africa

Post by Richprins » Sat May 11, 2019 11:25 am

O-/
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