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

Unread post by Dave Moore » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:50 pm

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/en ... tUVLXljtg0

A female elephant was caught on a camera trap recently.
Great news.

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

Unread post by HermanPienaar » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:10 am

I watched an interesting documentary on DSTV about the Forest Elephants of Knysna. SANParks official number were 1 elephant but the researchers DNA tests shown at least 5 individuals including which appears to be a bull in must. Does anyone know what the current official number is? :hmz:
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread post by JenB » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:18 am

I also watched that documentary.
Seems like there is a future for the Knysna elephants! :dance:

Right at the end they (SANParks rangers) managed to get video evidence of a different elephant than the one they believed to be the only one left. It was later identified as a bull.
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Unread post by squirrel_asc » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:02 am

JenB wrote:It was later identified as a bull.

Yay!! :dance:
If there's a bull, they can breed. That is awesome!
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread post by 4O4-5O4 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:13 pm

I saw them on 'tellie' earlier this week.

It has been established using modern DNA techniques (from Conneticut USA I think they said), that Gareth Patterson has proved that at least 4 or 5 remain in the forest, one of which is a mature bull. His conclusions are supported by South African National Parks

So while they are still threatened with inbreeding and extensive destruction of their natural habitat, the most southerly elephants on the planet are not yet gone.

Lastly, a private/public initiative has been launched to persuade private landowners to co-operate in the creation of an environmental corridor from Addo National Park via Baviaans Kloof and the Tsitsikamma to Knysna. This is called the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:48 pm

I am pleased that it is not just one. I hate to think of the loneliness of a single elephant. Like us, they live on connection.

Thank you for that info 404. :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Tue May 06, 2014 7:05 pm

Lastly, a private/public initiative has been launched to persuade private landowners to co-operate in the creation of an environmental corridor from Addo National Park via Baviaans Kloof and the Tsitsikamma to Knysna. This is called the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative


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

Unread post by Hil Aubert » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:56 pm

On Friday, 12 June, eleven members of the U3A Amblers and Ramblers club did the 9km Circles in the Forest walk. At the 6km mark where the the path joins the forestry road we came across a pile of extremely fresh elephant dung. Between the 6km and the 8km post, there were 7 piles of dung and 2 wet patches of urine on the road. The 7km sign post had been yanked out the ground and battered. Along the sides of the road the grass and low vegetation had been clearly disturbed. Young trees had been pulled out the ground and there were branches that had been stripped of leaves and bark and discarded in the road. We reported it to the officer at the entry kiosk.

I have photos of the above as well as of the faeces of a different animal. Perhaps someone could identify that animal as well. However, I don't see an icon for sending photos.

We are of the opinion that the elephant were on the road as we made our way up the path and they quietly moved off when they heard us.

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

Unread post by Hil Aubert » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:26 am

I shall attempt to post some photos of the evidence of the Knysna elephants again. The evidence that we saw points to there being definitely more than 2 elephants.

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Knysna Elephant spotted by SANParks ranger and Cape Pine / MTO field workers

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:50 pm

A SANParks ranger, Siviwe Nondobo was out collecting dung boli measurements for our scientists working on terrestrial mammals including the Knysna elephant, Lizette Moolman van der Vyver. On his way there, he first saw a caracal and then later Oupoot herself. Yesterday, field workers from MTO saw the elephant and took pictures of her.

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Re: Knysna Elephant spotted by SANParks ranger and Cape Pine / MTO field workers

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:51 pm

The Knysna elephants have always fascinated me! Got goose bumps when I read about this sighting!

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Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:54 pm

They fascinate me too, Karin 8)
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Re: Knysna Elephant spotted by SANParks ranger and Cape Pine / MTO field workers

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:27 am

Meandering Mouse wrote:I do hope that there is a group an not only one. :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

It would be lovely to see the survival of these creatures.


Research done in the last few years have resulted in evidence that there is more than one.

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Re: Knysna Elephant spotted by SANParks ranger and Cape Pine / MTO field workers

Unread post by Tessa G » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:28 pm

Wonderful to hear of these elusive elephants.

We watched a programme on TV where they believe there is more than one and it is strongly believed that there are 1 or 2 females, but also a male which would hopefully allow for breeding. These were independent studies done and the SANParks 'jury' is still out on this one. Would be lovely though to have definite proof :pray:
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Re: Knysna's elephants

Unread post by jacaranda-hum » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:17 pm

These have me scratching my head. I'm not a wildlife expert, but if it's not elephant dung what animal might have left it?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeppestown/38328448482/in/album-72157687271523872/


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