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Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

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Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:45 pm

If you were the lucky person to have seen these elephants and you have a photo.........why not donate it here

If you want to donate other white elephants or buy some one else's white elephant, here is your chance!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby picnic » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:52 pm

Are they extinct? :hmz: sure don't hope that it is the case. :shock:

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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby nsmnsi » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:57 pm

Unfortunately they are probably extinct! :(

From what I have managed to gather from various sources there are either: (1) Five young females - but very unreliable reports of the existence of these, or (2) One old female; that report is fairly reliable but out of date. An attempt some years ago to introduce a male to mate with her (or the five young females, if they exist) were unsuccessful.

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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:26 am

I was fortunate to listen to a talk by a member of the SANParks Board, Prof Graham Kerley (NMMU), in Addo last month. I gained the impression that there could be one elephant left.
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby saraf » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:06 am

Knysna Elliphants
From journalist Scott Ramsey's blog of his trip around the Wild areas of South Africa.
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:13 am

Thanks Sara, that was very interesting. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby JanWesOosBes » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:26 pm

There is def at least one left. More than one newspaper article in 2012 of an elephant chasing workers near Diepwalle. A fiend also saw tracks of one elephant there recently. I have the photos.

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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:49 am

The forest is extremely dense with many valleys where elephants can disappear from view - some may recall a helicopter that crashed in the forest one new years eve about 10 years ago and although there was no doubt that it fell within a fairly defenite area , it was not found untill approximately 2 years ago when forestry workers stumbled on it within a long stones throw of a well used road.
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby o-dog » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:43 am

Dont be fooled by these mythical elephants! But do yourself a favour and read Elephantoms by Lyall Watson and another book by Gareth Patterson.

The latest book by Patterson reckons there are 9 elephants (based on studies conducted on the dung) at least in the forest including a couple of youngsters.

They roam a huge area and often cross roads at night to avoid human contact.

My brothers one friend saw 2 elephants in 2010 and during the Knysan Oyster festival last year when I went to do the marathon, I also had a friend who saw 2 of the forest elephants. They are very much around but are rarer than seeing a pangolin I would imagine.

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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby lion queen » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:38 pm

I like where this topic is going.....I did not start it out with the intention of keeping track of these elephants, but we could keep it for that purpose!!!

Wonderful to see that they are still seen by some very lucky ones!!!
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby nsmnsi » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:20 am

I sure hope that "o-dog" is right!!! I hope he is.

As someone said : "Let's leave them alone."

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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:36 am

I found a copy of Layll Watson's book. It takes a lot of courage to read as it fills me with such sadness.
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:13 pm

Wow did you see this!!!

Media Release: Elephant spotted in Knysna Forest

An elephant was recently photographed by a trap camera, placed in the Knysna forest, by the Landmark Foundation, set-up for leopard research. The Foundation’s exciting leopard research involves determining the leopard population status in the Garden Route.
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby arks » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:06 pm

:big_eyes: WoW!!! That is exciting indeed! :dance:
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread postby Sabi009 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:42 pm

haha

i just read that and came to check if its on the forum.

its just superb! there's footage of one so hopefully there's more!


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