The non-profit organisation in Africa dedicated to conservation, Blue Sky Society along with the professionals from a South African based NGO Elephants Alive and wildlife vets will be part of an extraordinary virtual elephant collaring operation in the Hoedspruit area this coming August.
It's said that "the bush echoes with stories told by generations of gentle giants that roam these grasslands; stories infused with age-old wisdom; stories that must be preserved" and that's why this virtual elephant collaring experience will be unlike any other.
Virtual Elephant Collaring Fundraiser 2020
According to Getaway Magazine, the live stream will include tracking the elephant in the Greater Kruger area, its immobilization, fitting the new collar and watching as the giant comes round and walks off into the bush. All the while, elephant experts and vets will explain what's happening and answer your questions.
"You will get to see first hand all that is involved from the initial tracking to the immobilizing and fitting of the collar on one of Elephants Alive's iconic elephants, all while helping conservation professionals make a difference in protecting and studying these magnificent creatures. Does that sound like something that would catch your attention?" organisers asked.
Time and date of virtual elephant collaring event
DATE: 8 August 2020
- TIME: 8:00 to 10:30 (SAST) for their first elephant[*]TIME: 14:30 to 17:00 (SAST) for their second elephant[*]Tickets are available on Quicket and range from R950 in price. Your ticket access link will allow you access to watch both events.
The Blue Sky Society Trust fundraising initiative was initially set up due to the costs of collaring an elephant. Each collar costs approximately R90 000 which includes two years of data. They aim to raise enough funds to collar three elephants in total.
Why collar an elephant?
It is said that there are several critical reasons why these organisations need to raise funds to collar elephants in the Greater Kruger area. One of these reasons is safeguarding and preserving Africa's elephant population which is heavily dependent on quality data. Experts must be able to monitor the animals' movements and migration routes.
Collars also help prevent conflict between elephants and people.
"The collars provide experts with critical data, which help them make life-saving decisions so that people and elephants can co-exist in harmony. The collars provide real-time data so rangers, for example, can move in if necessary, with rapid response teams and herd the animals away if they wander too close to communities or valuable infrastructure. If an animal is injured or stationary for too long the transmitter will show researchers that the animal has not moved, and they can immediately send in the response team to go and see what is happening."
It is further reported that three countries make up the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.
"Data gathered from the elephant collars will be channelled to key policy- and decision-makers in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa as the animals can wander over wide areas. This will facilitate greater cross-border collaboration resulting in more impactful conservation efforts."