Media Release: Addo - elephant bulls move to new pastures
29 June 2005
Twelve elephant bulls from the Addo Elephant National Park will be translocated to private game reserves this week in a bid to relieve the elephant bull pressure in the park.
This is the first time in the history of the park that Addo elephants will be translocated to other game reserves in the Eastern Cape.
The translocations began yesterday with the translocation of two elephant bulls to Amakhala Game Reserve off the N2 towards Grahamstown. Today, two bulls were moved to Pumba Game Reserve near Grahamstown, with another two to follow on Thursday.
The translocations will improve elephant management in the park by reducing the number of dominant bulls in the 13 500 hectare main game area of the park. Kruger bulls that were introduced in 2002 and 2003 gain a better chance of injecting their genes into the Addo elephant population, thereby improving genetic diversity and creating a healthier elephant population.
During the course of the week, the elephant bulls will be darted and loaded onto specially designed trucks and then transported to four private game reserves, as well as the Kuzuko Contractual Area of the Addo Elephant National Park.
Apart from Amakhala and Pumba Game Reserves, Kariega Game Reserve near Port Alfred and Hopewell Game Reserve near Alexandria will offer new pastures to the seasoned Addo bulls. The bulls will join existing elephant herds – all originally from the Kruger National Park – in these game reserves.
The two bulls that will be transported to Kuzuko Contractual Area of Addo Elephant National Park join the family group of twelve Kruger National Park elephants released there earlier this month. This mix of elephant genes will again ensure a healthy elephant population in the karoo section of the park.
Issued by: South African National Parks
Addo Elephant National Park
Tel: (042) 233-0556 or 083 6508649