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South Africa: Government Must Urgently Erect Fencing Between Kruger National Park and Mozambique

2013-04-27 - Durban, South Africa.

The IFP calls on Government to urgently erect border fencing and deploy armed forces between Mozambique and Kruger National Park. IFP Spokesperson on Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mrs. Connie Zikalala MP, said, "Government should do everything in their power to protect our wildlife and heritage. Before we know it thousands of elephants will also be killed this year by poachers who want their ivory tusks. Government must treat this matter as critical and urgently deploy resources to combat s...


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abstract

Population and individual elephant response to a catastrophic fire in Pilanesberg National Park.

2008-09-17 - Durban, South Africa. Woolley LA, Millspaugh JJ, Woods RJ, van Rensburg SJ, Mackey RL, Page B, Slotow R. University of KwaZulu-Natal

In predator-free large herbivore populations, where density-dependent feedbacks occur at the limit where forage resources can no longer support the population, environmental catastrophes may play a significant role in population regulation. The potential role of fire as a stochastic mass-mortality event limiting these populations is poorly understood, so too the behavioural and physiological responses of the affected animals to this type of large disturbance event. During September 2005, a wildf...


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film

Roscar award for Bring the Elephant Home film

2007-08-30 - Durban, South Africa.

This years Roscar awards in South Africa for wildlife movies included a memorial award honoring filmmaker Rick Lomba, killed on location by a Bengal tiger. Nicky Lomba, the filmmakers 18-year-old daughter, presented a statue of a hippo Wednesday to Evert van den Bos of Nature Conservation Films, based in Holland and Tanzania, for his movie about a woman who saved the street elephants in Thailand, the Durban Daily News reported Thursday. Van den Bos work also earned a rhino Roscar, the wildlife e...


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evolution

The Big Dispute: Dassie: Relationship to Elephants

2007-06-27 - Durban, South Africa.

Hyraxes are widely stated to be the closest living relatives of elephants. This is not so. Though both are within the cohort of mammals known as Afrotheria, the Hyrax is not the closest living relative of the elephant. Elephants (Proboscidea) and hyraxes (Hyracoidae) are both more closely related to manatees and dugongs (Sirenia) than they are to one another.


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Implementing immunocontraception in free-ranging African elephants at Makalali conservancy.

2007-03-30 - Durban, South Africa. Delsink AK, van Altena JJ, Grobler D, Bertschinger HJ, Kirkpatrick JF, Slotow R. Amarula Elephant Research Programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal

An immunocontraceptive programme was initiated in a small free-roaming population of elephants at the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve in Limpopo Province in 2000 to determine whether the porcine zona pellucida (pZP) vaccine can successfully control population sizes. Further objectives were to determine implementation costs and efficiency through a multi-faceted approach. We have demonstrated that immunocontraception meets the objectives set by managers in the field.


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welfare

Elephant calves need help

2006-11-14 - Durban, South Africa. Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld

Interim legislation was urgently needed to stop elephant calves from being removed from herds for use in the safari and film industry and as working animals. This was the opinion of a working committee, consisting of provincial conservation agencies across the country, as formulated in a document compiled by the KwaZulu-Natal department of agriculture and environmental affairs.


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The role of foraging behaviour in the sexual segregation of the African elephant.

2006-08-23 - Durban, South Africa. Shannon G, Page BR, Duffy KJ, Slotow R., Amarula Elephant Research Programme, School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal,

Elephants (Loxodonta africana) exhibit pronounced sexual dimorphism, and in this study we test the prediction that the differences in body size and sociality are significant enough to drive divergent foraging strategies and ultimately sexual segregation. Males had longer feeding bouts, displayed significantly more destructive behaviour (31% of observations, 11% for females) and ingested greater quantities of forage during each feeding bout.


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relocation

Elephants for EL reserve, Public to take walks with jumbos

2006-05-06 - Durban, South Africa. LEW ELIAS

ELEPHANTS are set to become a part of the East London private game reserve at Inkwenkwezi after nature conservation authorities gave it permission to let the public take walks with the pachyderms. The approval is subject to the reserve building suitable accommodation and providing for their needs such as adequate facilities for food and water, reserve owner Graham Stanton said yesterday.


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conflict

Rogue elephants shot by rangers

2004-07-26 - Durban, South Africa. Chris Jenkins, Daily News

Game rangers have shot three rogue elephants in Zululand's Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. The culling was in terms of a head office directive to control "delinquent" elephants to avoid possible fatal attacks on staff, neighbours or visitors.


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9 Headlines about Elephants from Durban2013-04-27 - Durban, South Africa - South Africa: Government Must Urgently Erect Fencing Between Kruger National Park and Mozambique 2008-09-17 - Durban, South Africa - Population and individual elephant response to a catastrophic fire in Pilanesberg National Park. 2007-08-30 - Durban, South Africa - Roscar award for Bring the Elephant Home film 2007-06-27 - Durban, South Africa - The Big Dispute: Dassie: Relationship to Elephants 2007-03-30 - Durban, South Africa - Implementing immunocontraception in free-ranging African elephants at Makalali conservancy. 2006-11-14 - Durban, South Africa - Elephant calves need help 2006-08-23 - Durban, South Africa - The role of foraging behaviour in the sexual segregation of the African elephant. 2006-05-06 - Durban, South Africa - Elephants for EL reserve, Public to take walks with jumbos 2004-07-26 - Durban, South Africa - Rogue elephants shot by rangers

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