Non-lethal elephant population control methods: Summary of the first workshop of the Elephant Specialist Advisory Group of South Africa

Authors

  • Marin Garaï Elephant Specialist Advisory Group, Vaalwater, South Africa
  • Lucy Bates Elephant Specialist Advisory Group, Vaalwater, South Africa; School of Psychology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Henk Bertschinger Department of Production Animal Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Audrey Delsink Humane Society International – Africa, South Africa
  • Yolanda Pretorius Elephant Specialist Advisory Group, Vaalwater, South Africa; Southern African Wildlife College, Hoedspruit, South Africa
  • Jeanetta Selier South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, South Africa; School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Heike Zitzer Pongola Node of Space for Elephants Foundation, Pongola, South Africa

Keywords:

Elephant, population-control-methods, contraception

Abstract

Management interventions are necessary to control elephant numbers within fenced wildlife reserves in South Africa. Use of non-lethal control methods is increasing, but information about their suitability and effects are not widely available. Three such methods are currently available: immunocontraception with porcine zona pellucida vaccine, vasectomy and gonadotropin-releasing hormone vaccine. Here we consolidate what we know about these methods, using published sources and material shared at a workshop held in South Africa in 2016, in order to provide up-to-date information for future policy decisions concerning the use of these methods in South Africa and elsewhere.

Published

2018-09-27

How to Cite

Garaï, M. ., Bates, L. ., Bertschinger, H. ., Delsink, A. ., Pretorius, Y. ., Selier, J. ., & Zitzer, H. . (2018). Non-lethal elephant population control methods: Summary of the first workshop of the Elephant Specialist Advisory Group of South Africa. Bothalia, African Biodiversity & Conservation, 48(2). Retrieved from https://abcjournal.org/index.php/BothaliaABC/article/view/50