The elephant cow, named Umbabat, was darted by wildlife vet Ben Muller, then quickly attended to by the Elephants Alive team on the ground, with assistance from the ladies on this year’s Rise of the Matriarch expedition with Blue Sky Society Trust.
While her collar was being replaced, Umbabat was measured and assessed by the vet team and was found to be in excellent condition. She was sedated for about 30 minutes, and was up on her feet and back with her herd within an hour.
Elephants Alive collars elephants to monitor their movements, not only to understand their movement patterns and social behaviour, but also to keep them safe when they wander outside protected boundaries. To date, over 200 elephants have been collared across the Greater Kruger and surrounding areas, including transfrontier regions that span South Africa and Mozambique.
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Footage provided by Lauren Dold (Getaway) and Justin Sullivan