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

Marion E. Garaï*, Lucy A. Bates, Henk Bertschinger, Audrey Delsink, Yolanda Pretorius, Jeanetta Selier, Heike R. Zitzer

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera2357
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2018

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