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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:10 am

I would not go in a grey (silver) car to a reserve where there are only male rhinos........

My dad had a 'creamish' Camry. The makers called it 'tusk'. We had a few run ins with eles in it.

Bulls in musth, yes, mMums & calves yes, but I have also seen those relaxed from relatively close in.

Another factor is if the previous car annoyed them, you pay for it, and often sub adults -'teenagers' lik humans like a bit of fun at the expense of others.

We have a red hilux and it seems not to bother anything.
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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Groovy » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:51 pm

Elephants dont like cream Toyota Hiluxes, any Landrover, and any noisy Isuzu's. Oh yes VW Jetta's are also not liked. Avis Tazz and other entals also not particularly.

X5 and X6 with large sunrooves, Nissans Landcruisers are still ok.

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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:47 pm

What we have found is that often Ellies get irritated with cars who have their headlights on, have seen this on more than one occasion, especially in Winter near gate closing time.
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:04 pm

Seems to support my theory that the sudden flash of light from a shiny metal car body or windscreen may cause irritation too.
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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:01 pm

That car lights irritate ellies is know since a long time, at least I've known it.
I believe they see the two lights as an immediate danger and react.
Other animals are hypnotized by head lights but ellies seem to react in a totally different way.
On night transfers and safaris in the bush we knew that plains game remained blocked on the road and all you had to do is switch your headlights off for a second or two.
With elephants it was a different matter, you had to switch both lights and engine off for safety.

If I remember well last year there was an ellie chasing cars near Nkulu, those with their lights off had no hassle but the few that had their lights on were chased for a good stretch.
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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Spaniel » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:28 am

In December on the road between Phalaborwa gate and Letaba an ellie was crossing the road and flapping
ears - obviously quite disturbed about the vehicles around him - we were 3 behind him and 1 coming from the front. The ellie was standing next to the road when suddenly a black Corsa bakkie with a Limpopo registration came screaming past and wow! did he charge. :shock: Everyone else was too scared to move - unfortunately he missed the Corsa(no sympathy for this vehicle). They say ellies don't forget 8) - hope he remembers the Limpopo registration or else all other visitors with black Corsa bakkies are in for a surprise. :whistle:

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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:39 am

RUMURUTI wrote:That car lights irritate ellies is know since a long time, at least I've known it.
And yet, on our recent trip we noticed at least half the cars travelling around the park with headlights on, more than we have ever seen before?

I am also pretty sure it is often that a vehicle has just irritated them as in Spaniel's tale which causes them to take it out on others.
We were parked on the S100 last year watching a breeding herd of Ellies in the road, having just left a Lion sighting, when from the opposite direction a safari vehicle from one of the private reserves decided he was going to get his guests to the Lions no matter what and he drove right up to the herd, revving his engine like crazy and even hooted, sending them into a blind panic.
When he got next to us, SO stopped him and asked him what he was trying to achieve, he just laughed at us but when we told him that we had video footage of his stupid act and was going to report him, the smile soon vanished off his face! :twisted:
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Unread postby okie » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:13 pm

:thumbs_up: And did you then report him Elsa
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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:30 pm

okie wrote::thumbs_up: And did you then report him Elsa :hmz:
Oh yes, you bet ya, but never any further feed back despite assurances steps would be taken! :doh:
but hopefully it gave the guide a few sleepless nights or had him wondering where his next job would come from. :?
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Unread postby okie » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:54 am

Elsa :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :D
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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon May 13, 2013 10:12 am

It is clear that it is 99,9% the humans inside and outside of the car that is problematic :evil:, not the type of vehicle or the noise that it makes :|.
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Unread postby Crested Val » Mon May 13, 2013 10:43 am

Some of you may remember my yellow trousers, that I used to use as a yellow ribbon.

It took us a while to realise that this upset some ellies, so we quickly removed it.

They say that ellies are colour blind, so don't know if it was the colour, or the flapping of the material that they didn't like!! :shock:
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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon May 13, 2013 10:53 am

Crested Val I am not sure whether a person’s drawers will scare the ellies, maybe as you say the flapping sound of ther material disturbs them.

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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon May 13, 2013 11:24 am

I have just come across this thread. Rooies posted about Tsetse flies being attracted to dark colours. This is true and also the reason why Tsetse fly traps are dark blue.
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Re: Animal charges – does your vehicle play a role?

Unread postby brogan » Thu May 16, 2013 10:35 am

Hi Guys,
It is well known and documented that elephants have an amazing memory. If you take the elephants that are in the Kalahari and very arid areas as an example. They know ever watering hole in the area they are in at any given time. And if there is no water above ground they will dig for water. They are very successful at finding water because their sense of smell is excellent. BUT, if you don’t know where to look and smell for water then you will just be digging holes all over the place, so memory will play a huge part in digging for water.

There was a very good documentary on Carte blanche about the elephants in Pilansberg and their association and memories or helicopters and people in general. This is because of the huge culling exercise they had to do a while back. The elephants that were babies during the culling are now the problem elephants as they were traumatised as babies by the sight of their herd being thinned out. This is why the elephants in Pilansburg are very temperamental.

This is also the case with the elephants in Botswana were hunting was still allowed to happen. I remember a few years back while on a game drive close to the Kalahari a huge male elephant slowly forced us back to the main road just by his presents. Then he disappeared into the bush, only to charge our car when we tried to drive past where he disappeared into the bush.

I have noticed in the last few years the temperament of elephants in general in Kruger has gotten worse and worse. I believe this is happening because of the quantities of cars entering the Kruger during school holidays etc.

I read somewhere that elephants also don’t like the sound and rumble of diesel engines as it mimics the sounds they emit to talk to other elephants in the area. These sounds they emit we are not able to hear but elephants can feel through their feet.

There are also a whole load of other possibilities when it comes to animals and their temperament towards cars and their occupants. MHO all of the maybies people have stated before could play a role, this is dependent on the particular animal in question, as well as their past experiences with colours of cars etc. there are too many variables to pin point a reason.


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