In the news this month...
Another pangolin was sighted recently near
De-collering an Elephant
This animal was one of the bulls that
underwent an experimental vasectomy in July
2006. The collar was put on the animal in
order to be able to monitor his recovery
from the procedure as well as monitor his
behaviour over time. However, it was now
getting a bit too tight.
On Monday (01/09/2013), the game
introductions continued with 49 impala and 11
Waterbuck being offloaded near site 10.
The road team has been busy for the last few
weeks rebuilding the Western Airstrip. This
process was long overdue and was complicated by
the original strip being “semi-sealed” which
made repairs very difficult.
Welgevonden Game Reserve Annual Aerial Game
Count (count) was conducted over three days from
the 20th to 22nd August 2013.
The Reserve is divided into three sections and
ideally counted over a period of three days by
flying in 400m wide east/west transects, i.e.
200 m on each side of the helicopter is counted
with each flight line.
The elephant contraception was done before the Annual
Aerial Game Count because the presence of the helicopter
does affect the movement of the elephant within the
Reserve which makes locating them more difficult if the
helicopter has already disturbed them.