Transfrontier wanderer has Kgalagadi rangers agog

2015-01-13 00:00

IN a very rare occurance an elephant has been photographed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park north of Upington.

Spokesperson for the Arid Region of SANParks, Nadia Lemmetuis, said a contract worker saw the young elephant bull on Saturday about 50 km north of the Mata-Mata rest camp next to the border with Namibia.

The contractor followed the elephant’s tracks and noted it was heading in a south-easterly direction.

Yesterday afternoon the animal effortlessly trampled a fence that marks the border with Namibia and crossed into that country.

The shy desert elephant, which belong to the savanna elephant subspecies (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), live in the Kaokoland and Damaraland regions of northwest Namibia.

Lemmetuis said the wandering bull took his and his staff’s breath away.

“You don’t often see an elephant in our region of the Kalahari, but when you do experience something like this, it is quite special.

“I believe we [SANparks] will be talking about it for a long time”.

The lone transfrontier explorer had presumably wandered into Kgalagadi from Botswana, but park offocials are now back-tracking the large footprints to determine its origins.

Lemmetuis said that the last time an elephant had been sighted in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was in February 1997.

That elephant had crossed from Botswana into South Africa. It was guided back to its stomping grounds by a small aeroplane.

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