Young Elephants in Must

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Young Elephants in Must

I saw a tv program about young rogue males in Kruger going into must at a younger age than normal because there weren't any older, wiser males around to be dominant over them. Consequently, these hormonally charged rogues were killing rhinos. So some older males were brought in, and that seemed to help the problem. Is that still going on?

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Thanks Katja & Tabs. The program has repeated several times, so maybe I'll see it again.

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Here is an interesting article about it:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/642731.stm

It also happened in Hluhluwe Imfolozi.

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"Sungura" wrote:
I saw a tv program about young rogue males in Kruger going into must at a younger age than normal because there weren't any older, wiser males around to be dominant over them. Consequently, these hormonally charged rogues were killing rhinos. So some older males were brought in, and that seemed to help the problem. Is that still going on?

This was not in Kruger Park, it was in Pilanesburg. They were orphaned young elephants who had not had the benefit of being taught 'good manners' etc by their elder, more experienced, herd members.

They killed many of Pilanesburgs endangered Black Rhinos before the Park Rangers realised what thier problem was and introduced some older, experienced males to teach them how to behave!

They did not enter 'Musth' much earlier than normal as far as I am aware - male elephants mature between 10 - 15 years of age but are more temperamental when in Musth and, subsequently, more dangerous than any other elephant with the exception of a female (and her close relatives) with a young calf to protect.

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Are you sure it was in Kruger?

The same thing happened in Pilanesberg National Park, and introducing older males there was a success.

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