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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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September Newsletter 2016

Posted on Mon September 19, 2016 in General.

Herewith our September Newsletter. It contains a profile of Heike Zitzer, some funny images of animals caught by our camera traps and a fantastic special offer. Enjoy.

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Update: Elephant Twins

Posted by Heike on Thu January 22, 2015 in Research.

The twins were first sighted in November last year and cause for much excitement. Our White Elephant rangers' first sighting of them was in November on the north/eastern section of Pongola Game Reserve. The twins have to take many little steps to keep up with their Mother, Curve and the rest of the Orphan herd, but they are keeping up and doing well!

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Monitoring Animals with Field Camera Traps

Posted by Heike on Wed May 21, 2014 in Research.

Carrying out general field research also involves setting up camera's in the field to monitor what type of animals come past certain watering holes, 'busy' pathways, frequently used midden sites and also for security reasons.

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