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ADHS Elephant Study

What are the population dynamics and movements of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Mohlabetsi South Nature Reserve?

An identification and habitat database from the African elephant!

Internship African Dream Horse Safari

Anique Willems

5 July 2013

Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, South Africa

HAS University of Applied Science, Applied Biology, 2012-2013

By order of: Jejane Private Nature Reserve & African Dream Horse Safari
Supervisor: G. (Glen) Thomson
Tutor: L. (Liesbeth) Dingboom


Click on the following link to download: 

Elephant Dynamics Final Project.docx (11,4Mb)


Elephant Warning!

Man Killed by Elephant in Balule Nature Reserve

Yesterday around 9am a man was tragically killed in a vicious attack by an elephant bull.

The incident occurred on the Balule region of York (not too far from our Railway gate). Arriving on the gruesome scene I was able to ascertain with reasonable accuracy that the attack was unprovoked. The men were laying a water pipe when two elephant came up on them, one of which charged chasing down one of the men and killing him. I

n light of this and other recent aggressive behaviour from bulls particularly those in musth, we appeal to members to be extra cautious when viewing elephant. And under no circumstances should you walk on the reserve.

Shareholders are warned of the dangers elephants, especially those in musth. Please familiarise yourself, your authorised users, and guests of the hints given below. Shareholders are reminded that walking and cycling on the farm are not permitted.

Hints for safer viewing of elephant

1. If the circumstances permit, always reverse into a sighting. This way if things turn nasty, you can always drive away in your forward gears.

2. Never allow any of the passengers to stand up in the vehicle. There won’t be time to go back and collect them once they have fallen out when you “popped the clutch” getting away from a charging elephant.

3. Only switch off your engine if you are reasonably sure your vehicle will start again easily, otherwise leave it running.

Bull Elephants on Jejane

Young Elephant Bulls on Jejane: (Photo by Francois Oberholzer)Young Elephant Bulls on Jejane: (Photo by Francois Oberholzer)We currently have 2 young bull elephants resident on the reserve. Whilst other than some minor head-shaking and trumpeting there have been no reports of serious threat from the pair – yet! They are still fairly young and will not come into “musth” until they are at least 25 years old. “Aftand” was older than 25 years of age and he had demonstrated his “musth” condition whilst resident on the farm.

Fortunately there were no receptive females present at the same time and he headed back to the Klaserie and Kruger Park where “the grass was greener” for mature elephant bulls.

When elephant bulls are in “musth” they are extremely dangerous and should always be given a very
wide berth. In any event it is extremely foolhardy to intrude into their so called “comfort zone”.

January 2014 - Bird Photos
January 2014 - Elephant Photos


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