Touching гeѕсᴜe: The гeѕсᴜe team moves the giant elephant back to nature using a crane

Touching гeѕсᴜe: The гeѕсᴜe team moves the giant elephant back to nature using a crane

Draco inside camp. Credit: Chris Thorpe

By Harriet Nimmo

“A male elephant breached the perimeter fence, finding an unexpected residence in Ingwelala Camp where he remained for several weeks. Known to Elephants Alive as Draco, his distinctive features include a tear on his right ear and an elongated wart on his left temporal gland. Despite his peaceful demeanor, concerns arose due to his inadvertent damage to trees and water pipes in the confined space, raising alarm about his close proximity to households.

Despite attempts with a helicopter—deployed twice—to encourage his departure, Draco remained steadfast. Subsequently, Elephants Alive and the WildlifeVet team were summoned to orchestrate a relocation for the gentle giant.”

Draco being loaded onto truck. Credit: Harriet Nimmo

“The operation unfolded with remarkable efficiency and success, thanks to the unwavering support and assistance of Chris Mayes, Ingwelala Conservation Manager, and Bryan Haveman, Umbabat Warden.”

 

Being carefully wynched onto the truck. Credit: Harriet Nimmo

Being carefully wynched onto the truck. Credit: Harriet Nimmo

 

“The elephant was safely darted near a camp road, a testament to the skillful flying of helicopter pilot Jana Meyer from Wildlife Aviation. The dedicated team from Elephants Alive and Wildlife Vets swiftly approached the slumbering giant. With precision and care, he was delicately hoisted onto a flatbed truck, allowing the Elephants Alive team to gather vital samples and measurements.”

Draco on flatbed truck – aerial shot by Jana Meyers, helicopter pilot. Credit: Harriet Nimmo

“The truck, bearing the tranquilized Draco, made a deliberate exit from Ingwelala Camp, covering a distance of 40 kilometers. With meticulous care, a crane gently lifted him off the flatbed truck, and under the watchful eyes of the vets, Draco was smoothly brought back to consciousness. Within moments, Draco stood up, shook his head, and gracefully ventured off into the expansive realm of the Private Reserves.”

Being driven away from Ingwelala on the Timbavati road. Credit: Harriet Nimmo

“Simultaneously, repairs have been made to the fence encircling Ingwelala Camp, fostering optimism that Draco’s unplanned visit will not be repeated!”

Draco up and moving away after his relocation.Credit: Harriet Nimmo

“A heartfelt gratitude extends to Ingwelala and Umbabat for their unwavering support, invaluable assistance, and understanding. Special thanks also go to the WildlifeVets team and WildSkies Aviation for their crucial contributions to this successful operation.”

AQ

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