On the 17th April 2017, the ERP 911 Elephant Team were woken up at 04:15 AM by telephone calls, informing us of unimaginable news. 8 of the Dinokeng Game Reserve’s elephants had breached the reserve’s boundaries and were over 16 km’s away from the reserve, heading towards the densely populated towns of Cullinan and Refilwe. The key concern was the wellbeing of the elephants and the lives of unsuspecting people which may have encountered them.
We were however able to locate the elephants immediately utilising the GPS collar which ERP had recently fitted onto the older bull, infamously named ‘Charles’, who was leading the breeding herd of 7 cows and calves on the dangerous spree.
On Saturday the 8th of April, ERP conducted an elephant collaring exercise at Dinokeng Game Reserve as part of our deep impact experience. Such exercises give stakeholders and investors a first hand experience into the processes involved when collaring elephants, enabling them to also participate hands on
Collaring enables us to track and monitor elephant movements, giving us more information on how they behave and inevitably, helping us fight against illegal activities that threaten the existence and survival of our most iconic elephant species