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Post Vasectomy Behaviour in Elephants, a study conduct at Pongola Game Reserve

Posted by Dr Heinz on Tue November 27, 2018 in Research.

The burgeoning number of elephant is always a controversial and sensitive subject within the conservation community. Control measures have been widely employed to limit the growth of elephant within South Africa, and by 2008 the rapidly growing numbers in the Pongola Game Reserve soon came under the spot light. With the assistance of the ‘Disney Animal Program’ seven elephant underwent vasectomies. Although this team had perfected the procedure there was little investigation into the long-term behavioural implications of this form of contraception.

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Kohlewe: never "The Forgotten One"

Posted on Tue October 2, 2018.

Kohlewe was the Zulu name given to one of our young elephant bulls who arrived, with his family, on the Pongola Game Reserve in 1997. Kohlewe, The Forgotten One, was originally left off the family tree by mistake.

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Ostriches laying early or late?

Posted by Kerri on Wed September 12, 2018 in White Elephant Wildlife.
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Orphan Herd Story

Posted on Tue August 7, 2018.
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The Lost Baby Crocodile

Posted by Jan on Mon May 28, 2018 in Ranger Diaries.

Tourists see a plethora of wildlife and water birds on the boat cruises offered by Pongola Game Reserve. The jetty is at the river mouth where we regularly clean and maintain the boats. It is also the hunting ground for the Nile Croc.

Even though the last recorded croc attack in the Pongola River was in 1964, we remain vigilant when wading in the murky water. Most of the Jozini crocs, even the big ones, are wary of humans since they were extensively hunted in the ‘20s. The crocs are not known to come too close to the jetty but in April it suddenly became a popular hang-out spot. We spotted giant 3 meter crocs and we saw evidence of frequent croc activity around the jetty and beach area.

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