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Age: 49 years
He was chosen with great care & consideration due the size and age of the required bull for !Khamab. He was selected to play a pivotal part of the final stage of an 8 year reintegration project.
Seleka settled into his new home very quickly, exploring mostly the northern section, and making a new friend in Chulumacha after he arrived at the end of April. As he is a mature older bull, he lives life on his time and enjoys his own company. His presence has already influenced the resident bulls and herds with them exploring further north than their normal range.
Seleka’s movement patterns will give us insight into the world of a much older bull and how he adapts over the next couple of years.
Age: 26 years
Part of the reintegration project was to ensure that the social structure of the elephants on the reserve was correct. To ensure this, Chulumacha was crucial at the age of 25 yrs to fill the differential age gap which the reserve had. After he arrived on !Khamab, he joined up with Seleka on his first night, continued with Seleka exploring the north before trundled south to explore areas with the resident bulls. He is a true gentleman, inquisitive when you arrive but always respectful of his space around the vehicle.
As Chulumacha visits the breeding herds more regularly, he will be a great influence & teacher to young Kaingo, likely changing his movement patterns and allowing him to explore further a field.
Age: 16 Years
For Kaingo it would have being daunting in a new reserve at his age, however he settled quickly after initially heading south before moving back into the centre of the reserve where the resident elephants were. Initially, Kaingo joined up with Sharu & Mana, two of the resident older bulls. These bulls allowed Kaingo the opportunity to connect and get to know the two herds. The adult cows were naturally skeptical of this young bull, however due to his lovely gentle nature, very quickly accepted him as part of their family. Kaingo and Tidimalo, a sub adult female, are seen regularly in close proximity whilst feeding.
We look forward to watching his growth and how his relationships develop with the other bulls.
Age: 49 years
Norman is a phenomenal bull, who has being required to adapt to numerous changes in his life. His move to now his forever home was taken with absolute grace. His move was two fold, giving him much needed space and crucially to help in balancing the social structure on the reserve. Norman in his own time, the same as Seleka, chooses when, where & how he explores his new home. Whilst Norms might not engage with the resident herd too much yet or young Harry , he most definitely has had a positive influence on them, balancing the structure. Norman is one of the friendliest elephants you will ever meet, hanging out with us when collecting data on him.
We are eagerly watching this space as he continues to influence the reserve elephant dynamics.