Photos taken by Hylton Herd - Chief SANparks forester for the Garden Route, (with the help of SANparks' ellie trackers & forest guards) on 22 March '07, near Jubilee Creek:
Apparently the above ellie is the same lonely creature as the one that featured in the Knysna-Plett Herald (identified by the blood vessel patterns on its ears), and as far as I'm aware, no second individual has been spotted yet:
The above photo was apparently taken on 4 April 2006 at 16h22, by Wilfred Oraai:
Accompanying text from the original Sanparks mail (that was forwarded to the Herald and used in the article too): "...Not a good picture as the elephant was standing behind a tall fynbos bush, but will still be of use to SANPARKS as the elephants left ear is almost clearly in focus and shows blood vessel patterning that serves as a fingerprint when used for comparison with other photographs, a system that was used successfully in the Addo elephant park in distinguishing individuals. Wilfred Oraai, Karel Maswattii, experienced forest elephant trackers were on the usual weekly search in the Goudveld area for elephant signs when they came across fresh tracks."
"Assessing prevailing weather conditions, they split up and took up strategic points in order to get a photo of the animal. Suddenly Wilfred heard cracking noises about 60m ahead of him and climbed a young pine tree to get a better angle. As he zoomed in and focused the video camera on the animal, the branch he was standing on broke and he fell to the ground, camera and all. The elephant heard the commotion and ran off, unfortunately in Wilfred’s direction. When Wilfred eventually got to his feet the animal was very close to him but fortunately ran past. Wilfred was just lucky to be alive and thanked the powers that be for this. Particularly so as this was Fynbos which poses far more danger when encountering elephant..."