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Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Park

Unread postby FrontierPR » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:29 pm

Conservation staff at Addo Elephant National Park have discovered the carcasses of 21 jackals and one crow in the main game viewing area of the park, following reports from tourists early this morning.

It is not yet known what caused the deaths of the animals. A South African National Parks (SANParks) vet is currently in the park investigating.

AENP is the third largest national park and is home to the Big Five, including over 600 elephant. Jackals play an important role in the park in terms of restoring the natural ecological processes through predation as a key means of conserving biodiversity.

Further details will be released as soon as we have more information.

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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:27 pm

Oh no :(
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:54 am

Thanks for the info.

I am :cry: .
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:14 pm

Only evil people poison animals. Hope the culprits are soon found and brought to book.
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby JeanniR » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:17 pm

How sad :(
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:21 pm

Very sad news :cry:
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:48 pm

Best of luck to the Sanparks Vet (s) who is/are busy establishing what the cause is for the deaths. I hope those responsible will be brought to book to the full extend of the Law.
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby FrontierPR » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:27 pm

A toxicology report has revealed that the cause of death of 36 jackals, two crows and two unconfirmed bat-eared foxes in Addo Elephant National Park last week was the carbamate pesticide “methomyl”.

The initial count of 21 jackals and one crow on Sunday 10 August after the first reports of the dead animals by guests has increased as more and more carcasses are being discovered by the Park’s conservation staff.

The latest jackal was found as recently as yesterday, in the same concentrated area within the main game viewing area of the Park as the others. Every conceivable effort has been made to try and find all the carcasses and any trace of the substance, but to-date only carcasses have been recovered. Reports of two dead bat-eared foxes between Rooidam and Hapoor could not be confirmed. It is very possible that scavengers removed the carcasses before staff could find them.

Stomach samples were taken last week and sent to the ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute outside Pretoria, which has since confirmed the presence of the methomyl in the samples. Park management is concerned that the toxin can take between 45 and 90 days to break down, and as such could still be present in the Park, which could lead to the numbers increasing further.

SANParks’ Corporate Investigation Services unit is investigating the matter. A case has been opened with the police.

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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:13 pm

Very sad news.......... :cry:
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby Carol g » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:18 pm

I do hope that the persons that did this will be caught and severely punished

So sad that someone can do this to innocent animals
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby Philip1 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:25 pm

:cry: Surely, people that cause such a tragedy, do not love Nature and cannot be human. :evil:
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:28 pm

Thank you for the feedback FrontierPR. I believe that those responsible for this evil will be brought to justice and will have to account for this.
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby JeanniR » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:28 pm

Really hope they find the perpetrators :evil:
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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby hilda » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:16 pm

This is terrible news! The same should be done to those who are responsible for this! :evil:

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Re: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Pa

Unread postby RemiE » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:39 pm

Disgusting to think people can stoop so low. Hopefully the perpetrators gets caught
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