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Re: Knysna's elephants

Unread post by 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- but very unreliable reports of the existence of these, or (2) One old female; that report is fairly reliable but out of date.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.

Any updates from forum members would be welcome!!

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

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

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

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Unread post by 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 post by Sabi009 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:47 pm

it is!

we go that side every so often and i never did believe there were elephants there, presumed them extinct! now i know better after seeing that ellie, lol.

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

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:08 pm

Great news! :clap: Let's hope there are more.
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Re: Were you the last person who saw Knysna's elephants

Unread post by moobox » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:53 pm

Tell me folks, wont it be pretty obvious to say if there are elephants in an area by looking at damaged vegetation and dung and so on? I vaguely remember when I was a kid that we saw tracks in the forest but never got sight of any elephants.

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

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:08 am

One of my Matric setworks was Circles in the Forest by Dalene Matthee
I ironically bought myself a copy last week.

I really hope that there is some sort of viable population still in existance.

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

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:21 am

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Good morning,

This exciting news about an elephant photograph has already been mentioned on this forum, but I am interested in the last section of Sanparks' news item:
The focus of studies now focuses on non-invasive hormone studies using dung, to determine the reproductive potential of these elusive elephants. However, opportunistic photographs, such as these recent photographs taken by the Landmark Foundation’s camera trap, are always a very welcome addition to SANParks’ elephant research database, existing since 1987


What a perfect time for Sanparks to actually communicate with us on their "elephant research database"!
Is this a state secret to protect the elephants, or an opportunity to get public support for elephant protection and promotion in the forest?
1. According to your database -- HOW MANY elephants are you aware of in the forest?
2. What is their BREEDING POTENTIAL -- i.e. how many males, females etc.?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten

ps. my favourite animal = the elephant.


Friedrich,

Have a look in this July 2013 news letter. Not much info, but a little bit on the Knysna elelphants
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