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Life, the Universe and Everything Outdoors => General Discussion => Topic started by: Trailrider on January 10, 2014, 07:58:16 AM

Title: Baie goeie nuus! Fotografiese bewys...
Post by: Trailrider on January 10, 2014, 07:58:16 AM
Trap cam snaps Knysna elephant

An elephant was photographed by a trap camera in the Knysna forest, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Thursday.

"The footage includes photographs of an elephant whose tusks, trunk and legs are visible, but unfortunately the forehead shape as well as sex organs and ear-notch patterns are not visible for identification purposes," SANParks spokesperson Nandi Mgwadlamba said.

She said this was significant because the Knysna forest is one of the few forests where elephants can be found.

The elephant was photographed on 6 November, but the picture was downloaded only on Thursday.

The camera was placed in the Knysna forest for leopard research by the Landmark Foundation, she said.


Title: Re: Baie goeie nuus! Fotografiese bewys...
Post by: CK1 on January 23, 2014, 06:43:39 PM

Title: Re: Baie goeie nuus! Fotografiese bewys...
Post by: lox on May 23, 2014, 12:25:52 PM
Die nou baie goeie nuus.

Title: Re: Baie goeie nuus! Fotografiese bewys...
Post by: Trailrider on July 18, 2014, 04:44:08 PM

Landmark Foundation got a call that one of our camera traps, set up to capture elusive leopards in the Southern Cape forests of the Garden Route, had been tampered with. This time it was different, it was tampered with….by an elephant. Fortunately, the camera was fine, but its protective box took the brunt of the elephant’s interest. The forest elephants are extremely shy, and therefore very little is known about them. We captured amazing footage of a female elephant who appears to have been in oestrus at the time. We have also photographed a female elephant before (November 2013 & January 2014). We are not certain, but this could be a different individual, which would be great news. However these and the previous images are not conclusive as the face was cut from the earlier images. The actual number of free-roaming elephants in the forests of the Southern Cape has been the subject of intense debate for years. As of now we can only for sure confirm a single female. We are still seeking proof of whether there is more than one elephant around (some have speculated as many as five). We have intensively surveyed the area for the last 18 months.

During oestrus elephants can be moody (other creatures can be too…), and that explains her ‘inquisitive’ behaviour with the camera trap. What is more, by checking the other camera trap stations in the area we found the same elephant at three different stations!

Due to hunting in the 1800 and early 1900’s humans have caused these remnant elephants to become isolated from other elephant populations who used to migrate through the area compounding this threat to the population consequent human development has restricted corridors. These animals need an enormously responsible management effort to ensure they survive over time. This footage will be used to assist in their conservation. We hope this data will be useful in efforts to ensure these animals remain part of this landscape in the future.