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Monitoring the Tembe Elephant Park Lions


Monitoring the Tembe Elephant Park Lions

We’re excited to announce that Tembe Elephant Park’s Threatened Species and Neighborhood Conservation Undertaking is now supported by IUCN Save Our Species and co-funded by the European Union (EU).

Since their introduction 20 years in the past (2002), the Tembe Elephant Park Lions (Panthera leo) have tended to stray from the anticipated satisfaction construction and never fashioned massive prides. Tembe doesn’t have conventional prides, however somewhat the inhabitants includes 9 small household teams.

These dynamics have made the monitoring and monitoring of this species a critical problem. Other than the final monitoring of group dynamics, and the situation of particular person Lions throughout the inhabitants, extra monitoring of their actions across the swamp within the jap part of the reserve is of specific significance to mitigate any potential human-wildlife battle with the reed harvesters.

Tembe Elephant Park Lion

Tembe Elephant Park, beneath the administration of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo), has an settlement with the native communities that permits them to sustainably harvest reeds from the swamp throughout the boundary of the Park throughout particular months of every 12 months. This settlement was fashioned to help the low revenue communities that encompass Tembe, to proceed to utilise a helpful renewable useful resource that they used to reap earlier than the proclamation of the Park.

Holding the reed harvesters protected requires us to know the place the totally different teams of the Tembe Elephant Park Lions are at anyone time. The one method to obtain this efficiently is thru using monitoring collars. The reed harvesting season of 2022 started in April and since changing into a beneficiary of the IUCN SOS grant – in partnership the EU, the group has deployed two Lion collars, with plans to deploy quite a lot of extra collars within the subsequent few months. This allows the monitoring group to maintain monitor of all of the Lion household teams within the Park.

Tembe Elephant Park Lions

Collars are a significant software in our every day monitoring of all precedence and endangered species, together with lions. Nonetheless, collars are costly, starting from R6 500 to R40 000 relying on the know-how used. Ideally there ought to be a minimum of one collared particular person in every group of Lions, refitted each two years – an costly, however very important enterprise.

Sadly the pandemic has had an unlimited and long-lasting adverse affect on the conservation sectors’ revenue and sources, and objects which are normally deemed important, comparable to new collars, have needed to take a again seat.

Wildlife ACT and Ezemvelo are lucky that Tembe Elephant Park’s endangered species conservation effort has acquired assist from the IUCN Save Our Species Fund, co-funded by the European Union.

This grant has allowed us to proceed very important monitoring and conservation efforts on Tembe and additional assist and strengthen the precedence species work, together with Lion, African Wild Canine, African Elephant and Black Rhino.

Disclaimer: This publication was produced with the monetary assist of the European Union via IUCN Save Our Species. Its contents are the only accountability of Wildlife ACT Fund Belief and don’t essentially mirror the views of IUCN or the European Union.

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