HELP TO PROTECT AND SAVE CHAKA!
We urgently need a GPS satellite transmitter for Chaka, which cost about 4000 Euros!
We have a literally huge problem with Chaka, an old elephant bull in our Thuma Elephant Protection Project in Malawi.
The otherwise lovable bull has developed into a specialist for electric fences. He regularly breaks through the 8000 volt electric fence to plunder the gardens and fields of the poor farmers. All our technical tricks to prevent him from doing so, he quickly overcomes.
Remarkable is that he was observed as he presses the minus wire of the fence against the plus wire in order to cause a short circuit and thereby disable the fence system.
Even more incredible is the story when one observes that he does this with the trunk and not, like other elephants, with the well-insulated ivory tasks. Chaka has no tasks!
Since he has no tasks, he has probably not been a worthwhile target for ivory poachers that’s why he has survived so long.
But his constant break through the fence, which is supposed to protect him, puts him in a deadly danger! The villagers naturally want to protect their livelihood, the harvest on their fields. And they often do this with poisoned baits, wire snares or with bow and arrow.
The only way to protect Chaka is to know where he is moving about. And this is only possible with a GPS satellite transmitter, which constantly sends its position to the wildlife Rangers and they can chase him out of the vicinity of the fence if necessary.
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