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Cross Border Conservation

Cross Border Conservation
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Copyright: Robin Du Bois (robindb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 0 N: 378] (1420)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-19 2:34
Viewed: 4264
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I just loved this elephant playing in the water but some of his peers have left our country. Taken with the sigma 150-500 mm lens with IS.

During this month six adult bull elephants were relocated to the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique from the Kruger National Park. The elephant population of Kruger was 13050 according to the census held in 2007. This is about 2000 higher than the estimated maximum number that the park can viably support and by translocating them to other areas in Africa some relief to Kruger can be brought and this will also help to re-populate depleted herds in other areas.

To move these elephants is however costly and quite an operation is required to do it. Helicopters are used to find and dart the chosen animals and then a ground team has to load them into trucks after the veterinary services have checked them. They are then transported by road to their destination where they are kept in a holding area for a time to acclimatise them. During this time they have to be fed and given water before they can be released into their new homes.
The Gorangosa Park is being restored with support from the Carr Foundation, which is an American based NGO who has signed a 20 year co-management agreement with the Mozambique government. So far more that US$ 10- million has been invested.
Each visitor to the national parks in South Africa pays a daily conservation fee which is then used for these and other important conservation projects.

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Hallo Robin
Nice scenery you captured here, showing us this baby elephant, enjoying itself in the water. These little ones really enjoy themselves in the water, and this one is no exception. Even from a distance the wetness on the body shows the patterns of his skin pretty well. You brought out the atmosphere, of this youngster in his natural surroundings well in this scenery. A wonderful photograph, that refreshes many enjoyable memories of our stay in the Kruger. Thanks for sharing image as well as informative note.
Kind regards

Hello Robin,
I think this is the Nsemani Dam?
A wonderful place to observe wildlife such as elephants, lions, hippos, sea eagles...
It's nice to be back:-)
It's fun and exciting to see these pachyderm having fun in the water.
Once I saw several elephants playing in the Luvuvhu; and it was definitely FUN:-)
Well done

Hi Robin,
this shot is full of emotions. Very impressive picture. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-09-20 19:04]

Hi Robin!,
Elephant love water, and this shot documented it nicely.
Great wildlife shot,TFS.

best regards,

hello Robin,
nice to see your elephant again with wonderful capture. perfect timing supplied a great action shot. Focus, POV, lighting and composition also wonderful. Thanks for sharing, have a nice week

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