Six Elephants were fitted with new Telemetry Collars

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Six Elephants were fitted with new Telemetry Collars

Post by Lisbeth » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:02 pm

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Last week, six elephants were fitted with new telemetry collars in the uMkhuze section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park as part of its ongoing scientific research activities. Five females and one bull received new ‘necklaces’ in uMkhuze, which has approximately 100 of the pachyderms. uMkhuze’s Conservation Manager Eduard Goosen explained that “the elephants receiving collars are known individuals, chosen due to either their status as matriarch of a herd, or in this case, a specific lone bull who favours the Mantuma camp area.” Another 100 or so elephants reside in the Western Shores section, occasionally crossing Lake St Lucia to visit the Eastern Shores. Several of these animals will also shortly be collared to complete the current round of implementation.

Tracking collars enable regular monitoring of these animals within the World Heritage Site and inform conservation management of the iconic species. Purchase costs of the collars and associated veterinary and helicopter time have been paid for through the Park’s Rare and Endangered Species Fund, with money raised through a number of past events organised or permitted by the iSimangaliso Authority. Says iSimangaliso’s Executive Manager of Biodiversity and Conservation, Sizo Sibiya: “We are very grateful to all of our past participants in events and fund raising initiatives that have helped to grow this fund so that we are able to support the work undertaken by our conservation partner, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, in iSimangaliso. This is a concrete example of real conservation funded by those who support and appreciate the Park and have a vested interest in conserving our natural heritage.”
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