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  1. Recent update on my research in the Greater Kruger National Park: "In South Africa, Protected Areas managers and tourists alike are concerned that our expanding elephant population will negatively affect the number and structure of iconic tree species such as the Marula (Sclerocarya birrea). Elephants Alive were approached by South Africa National Parks (SANParks) in 2012 to discuss methods which could be used to keep elephants out of particular areas where certain landscape features such as tall trees needed to be preserved as part of the biodiversity objectives of SANParks..." Read more here:
  2. Elephants Alive has been a-buzz with activity as we have literally been as busy as bees. We had a very productive time making beehives for Robin’s MSc! In just two and a half days our inspired team made 79 beehives. Our only hold-up being a hiccup with the delivery of materials. We still have 40 to go but with our new skills, we are unstoppable. But bees and elephants....where is the link? Robin’s project will focus on using bees to deter elephants from impacting iconic Marula trees. His thesis will build on the wonderful work done by our colleague, Dr. Lucy King who used bees to protect crops from raiding elephants. We hope to protect individual Marula trees from elephant impact to ensure the aesthetics of certain landscape features, secure bees for the future, produce honey and in general to foster a peaceful co-existence between elephants and people. We will provide updates as the project develops and as beehives get hung in trees at the experimental site on Jejane Private Nature Reserve. Thank you to all who have sponsored a hive at $50 each. We will post pictures of your labelled hive as we go. Please use our website to donate via PayPal with the words ‘BEES’ if you wish to sponsor a hive ( or alternatively follow this link: We would like to thank our bee expert, Johan Labuschagne for his design and wonderful guidance throughout the workshop. Gionni Gelletich is thanked for providing the ideal venue at Mica Village. Mica’s wonderful staff all lent a hand and we would like to thank Robert, Rector, Reggie, Mathieu and Given. Prince from Nourish was amazing and did everything in his stride and with the biggest smile. Winnie is thanked for helping with the catering. Michellene worked out all the meals. Lucia, our intern worked tirelessly wherever she was needed. BUCO is thanked for providing a good discount on the expensive materials. Woolworths is thanked for their support via their Wild About Elephants - Bags4Good campaign.
  3. We are heading into that time of the year where the daily temperatures are on the rise and the winds are picking up. The sounds of the bush are filled with the rustling of leaves and the return on familiar bird sounds. Spring is approaching! This week we were fortunate enough to find General and his compatriots. This bachelor herd of 10 bulls have been on the move recently and it was great to finally catch up with them! We also saw Classic and some younger bulls taking full advantage of a dam, drinking and splashing about in the water. And our day was beautifully ended off with a breeding herd crossing the road in front of us with the mountains in the background. It is always a privilege to spend some time with these gentle giants.
  4. Please visit Jackie's blog to see her experiences with us at Elephants Alive in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa: For more information, please see:
  5. Report from Elephants Alive Facebook Page: As we had the privilege of recollaring Umbabat yesterday, we thought to feature her. We first collared her in July of 2008 and with her new collar we hope to follow her everyday movements for another 7 years! It is always a humbling experience to collar an elephant. Words come short of the emotions one feels when you touch their warm skin, hear their constant snoring or look at the storylines of the African landscape etched on the weathered soles of their feet... We would like to thank Save the Elephants for donating the collar. Gail and Alan Kelly kindly sponsored the costs of the very deserving veterinarian (Dr. Cobus Raath) and pilot (Jacques Saayman). Colin Rowles, Warden of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is thanked for all his effort and competent participation. To the Elephants Alive team members....thank you for all the hard work as it clearly paid off!
  6. Conservation biologists, wildlife managers and zookeepers are becoming increasingly concerned over the well-being of free-roaming and domestic animals. It has become vital for these groups to understand how internal and external factors are disturbing animals. When an animal is stressed, it releases specific hormones which can be measured and monitored by researchers. These hormones can be measured through blood samples, although this direct method can cause the animal more stress in the process. Therefore, a popular method for measuring stress levels in animals is collecting fresh faecal samples and measuring the concentration of stress hormones within these samples. Researchers have collected faecal samples from elephants to measure the stress levels over a number of scenarios. African elephants have been found to be stressed from activities such as crop raiding, translocations, exposure to hunting events and exposure to intense fires. Increased stress levels have even been found in elephants experiencing thunderstorms or witnessing nearby fireworks. An increase in stress hormones is natural for elephants to enable individuals to cope with or adjust to abnormal or extreme situations in their environment. However, if this stress response is maintained at a high level (chronic stress), there can be broad implications on the survival and behavioural patterns shown by the elephants. This is why it is increasingly important for researchers to understand the state that their elephants are in, especially if the environment is being artificially manipulated.
  7. Report via the Elephants Alive Facebook page: "What a wonderful day spent in the wintery African sun...recollaring one of our majestic study animals! We watched the sun rise as we headed towards Jejane Private Nature Reserve where ‘General’ was sighted. We spent hours watching his thirsty and hungry companions while waiting for a sighting of him. We first collared General in 2005 and then recollared him in 2011. We were keen to replace his collar as he has developed into a majestic bull, deserving of the highest protection that man’s technology has to offer. We watched him rise slowly and gracefully after having his new collar fitted. Amidst the awe of the spectators, he melted away into the autumn-clad bush. We salute you General for another unforgettable day in your presence...may you make many tracks along many a dusty path in the years to come! We would like to thank the professional team that made for a successful day: the Warden Glen Thomson accompanied by Tracey, Ryan and Shannon Thomson went the extra mile. Veterinarian, Dr. Peter Rodgers and his assistant Janelle Goodrich. Bruce McDonald controlled the whole scene from the air in a suburb manner. Craig Spencer and Amy Clark are thanked for assisting with obtaining a permit. Last but no t least, thank you to Colin Anderson for reporting the sighting of our long-lost friend in the first place!"

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