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Individual study: Population dynamics of elephants re-introduced to small fenced reserves in South Africa

Published source details

Slotow R., Garai M.E., Reilly B., Page B. & Carr R.D. (2005) Population dynamics of elephants re-introduced to small fenced reserves in South Africa. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 35, 23-32


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Release translocated mammals into fenced areas Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated study in 1990–2001 in 18 savannah sites in South Africa (Slotow et al. 2005) found that at least five years following translocation into fenced reserves, the population size of African elephants Loxodonta africana increased over time. The population size of translocated elephants increased at an average annual rate of 8.3%. Annual growth across recipient sites ranged from 1.7% to 16.5%. In 1990–1999, elephants were translocated into 18 fenced reserves. The number of animals translocated into each reserve ranged between 18 and 227. Translocation details and the data on numbers of animals present in 2001 were obtained through surveys of reserve owners or managers. All translocated elephants were wild-born, free-ranging animals.

(Summarised by Ricardo Rocha)