We’re excited to announce that Tembe Elephant Park’s Threatened Species and Group Conservation Mission 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 delight construction and never fashioned massive prides. Tembe doesn’t have conventional prides, however quite the inhabitants includes 9 small household teams.
These dynamics have made the monitoring and monitoring of this species a severe problem. Except for 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 japanese part of the reserve is of specific significance to mitigate any potential human-wildlife battle with the reed harvesters.
Tembe Elephant Park, below 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 yr. This settlement was fashioned to help the low earnings communities that encompass Tembe, to proceed to utilise a precious renewable useful resource that they used to reap earlier than the proclamation of the Park.
Holding the reed harvesters secure requires us to know the place the completely different teams of the Tembe Elephant Park Lions are at anybody time. The one approach to obtain this efficiently is thru using monitoring collars. The reed harvesting season of 2022 started in April and since turning into a beneficiary of the IUCN SOS grant – in partnership the EU, the workforce has deployed two Lion collars, with plans to deploy numerous extra collars within the subsequent few months. This allows the monitoring workforce to maintain monitor of all of the Lion household teams within the Park.
Collars are an important instrument in our day by day monitoring of all precedence and endangered species, together with lions. Nevertheless, collars are costly, starting from R6 500 to R40 000 relying on the know-how used. Ideally there must be at the very least one collared particular person in every group of Lions, refitted each two years – an costly, however important endeavor.
Sadly the pandemic has had an unlimited and long-lasting unfavorable affect on the conservation sectors’ earnings and sources, and objects which can be often deemed important, reminiscent of new collars, have needed to take a again seat.
This grant has allowed us to proceed 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 by IUCN Save Our Species. Its contents are the only duty of Wildlife ACT Fund Belief and don’t essentially replicate the views of IUCN or the European Union.