On the second day of the Limpopo NP collaring operation, the team located and darted a lone elephant bull in the southern section of the park. We selected this bull for collaring because lone males are often the explorers. They can provide key data on protected area connectivity. Furthermore, large elephant bulls are also preferred targets of poaching syndicates. This makes this individual an ideal candidate for collaring.
The operation was clean and fast. After 16 minutes, as we were getting ready to reverse anesthesia, the helicopter pilot, James Schuen from DAG APU, called the STS vet to inspect a wound he found on the forehead of the mighty animal.