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Thanks Rose and she did appear to us as if she might be pregnant.
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:thumbs_up: Thanks Elsa, noted and will add to your submission.
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Hi Elsa :D there is indeed a monitoring file for this cow :thumbs_up: so your sighting will be added. Thanks for the info and submission.
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Thanks Rose, good to know! :thumbs_up:
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A few ellies along the way one day...
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An interesting and very informative read - Wild Card Magazine article on safe elephant viewing.
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An excellent article with lots of good advice and tips for how to behave around elephants. One thing that I would emphasize is to turn off your engine as ellies don't like that sound. Also, if the ellie is relaxed, they can also be curious, so don't be afraid to allow the elephant to approach you. I've had some amazing up close and personal encounters with elephants, but they must always be on the elephant's terms. I spent one morning with the bull (Bidzane) who I've always called my "mellow ellie", when he three times chose to come within three metres of my car. The first approach was a small bit unnerving, but once I realised that he was simply curious and checking me out, I relaxed and it was an amazing experience!

Some years later, in Mapungubwe, I had the even more amazing experience of watching a breeding herd approach, emerging out of quite dense forest, and some of the cows, with small calves, chose to pass within three metres of my car. :big_eyes: It was magical and wionderfully calm and totally unforgettable.

So my advice is to assess the mood of the ellies, switch off your engine, relax and let the ellies, should they so choose, come to you.

One other piece of advice for KNP, where sightings can so often be congested, is to NEVER block the 'escape route' of another vehicle. IMO this can be equally as important as not blocking the ellies' escape route. And stay aware at all times, because especially if you're not to only vehicle, the ellie's mood can change quickly should others behave in ways that irritate them.
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On our recent trip to Kruger, we came across this fellow. He was in musth, and although he was not aggressive, he was playing games with us and would not let us pass.

I have already asked Rosemary and she said he is not known to her, however, I thought I would put him here as I believe he has potential one day in the future.
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Thanks for posting Jock. He is a really good looking bull. I think keeping an eye out for him is a good idea.
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I have already asked Rosemary and she said he is not known to her, however, I thought I would put him here as I believe he has potential one day in the future.


Hi Jock - A monitoring file has been opened for him. It would be good to receive some other submissions of him to keep track of his development.
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It will be great monitoring him, I hope we meet him again one day, but hope he in a better mood.
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I agree he is a great bull to keep an eye out for. Hope you do get to see him again.
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A super sighting and story shared on the SANParks KNP FB Group - Mlondozi Crossing Voyage by Thokozani Phakathi

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Rosemary Thank you for this wonderful sighting,
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The African Elephant is the largest land animal in the world and probably the easiest animal to identify. An adult bull can measure from 3.5 to 4 metres high at the shoulder, with a mass of up to 6000kg. The adult female, on the other hand, can grow from 2.5 to 3 metres high, with a mass of up to 4000kg.
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