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    Having gone on a tour of the forest a few years back, where the guides showed us signs of where the elephants had been, it's good to see that they are still in the area.

    http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Ele...orest-20140109

    Anyone here ever seen one?
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    Good news indeed!

    A few years ago SANParks did DNA research and found evidence of only one single female. They tried to introduce a few from KNP but had to remove them again because they kept on leaving the forest in search of their natural vegetation.

    Some locals claim that there is a small herd present.

    It would be awesome if that is true which is not impossible seeing that the forest is so dense.

    There is a working group trying to assess how many there are but this is the first time I hear of photographic evidence.

    Wonderful! Thanks for posting!

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    Some locals claim that there is a small herd present.
    Not a local anymore but having grown up there I agree 100%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Not a local anymore but having grown up there I agree 100%.
    From what the guides told me, estimates are less 10.

    Fascinating that they have survived there all of this time.
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    I agree:
    The general public should not be informed of these types of stories! They are not to be trusted with information such as this in this country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danie Malan View Post
    I agree:
    The general public should not be informed of these types of stories! They are not to be trusted with information such as this in this country.
    +1
    unfortunately I have to agree with you.
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    Here is some visual evidence. Not much but still, better then nothing. Glad to hear the Knysna elephants are not just a myth.
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    A friend of mine saw one there a few years ago. Debbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danie Malan View Post
    I agree:
    The general public should not be informed of these types of stories! They are not to be trusted with information such as this in this country.
    Not sure if you've walked around the forests in Knysna, but in some areas it is so overgrown that the elephants could be standing 50m from you and you'd never know it. There have been people who have gone missing there and their bodies have only been found years later.

    If those elephants want to avoid human contact, they will. Poachers are probably the least of the concerns for their wellbeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    I'll believe it when I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimma View Post
    Not sure if you've walked around the forests in Knysna, but in some areas it is so overgrown that the elephants could be standing 50m from you and you'd never know it. There have been people who have gone missing there and their bodies have only been found years later.

    If those elephants want to avoid human contact, they will. Poachers are probably the least of the concerns for their wellbeing.
    I agree, if I was a poacher, the Knysna forests would be the last place I would try to poach an elephant.

    We want past the place where this helicopter lay for 7 years (30m) from the road, before anyone found it.

    http://mg.co.za/article/2006-04-23-m...er-seven-years

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProtZkroG View Post
    I agree, if I was a poacher, the Knysna forests would be the last place I would try to poach an elephant.

    We want past the place where this helicopter lay for 7 years (30m) from the road, before anyone found it.

    http://mg.co.za/article/2006-04-23-m...er-seven-years
    Yeah, I heard about this while we were walking around there. Entirely believably when you see just how dense the forest is.
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    I saw the back of one years ago and moved off very quickly. Forest was very dense.
    There was lots of spoor and dung on the road.

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