African Elephants: 
Studies of the unique elephants
at Tembe Elephant National Park

at Tembe Elephant National Park (South Africa), Kruger National Park and Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) 

elephants have right of way

"Tembe's elephants are genetically different and unique !" 

This is the firm belief of Austrian researcher, Alois Haberhauer, has been studying the genetic makeup of the African Elephant for the past 6 years by taking tissue samples and having the DNA analysed at the University of Kiel in Germany.

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  some of the largest tuskers in South Africa with different shape of ivory

He believes that Tembe's elephants are "a unique sub-species and should be used to populate other South African National parks". He has also stated that, "these are some of the most beautiful elephants in Africa!"

Alois Haberhauer believes that Tembe's elephants are different to elephants in other National parksAlois Haberhauer has observed that Tembe's elephants browse more and are less destructive to their habitat than the elephants he has studied in Mopani, Kruger National Park (South Africa) or Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. close-up of the big tusker He has discovered that they "are also really big and the shape of their ivory is different". Indeed, Tembe boasts some of the largest tuskers in South Africa! 

The herd of 120-140 elephants once moved between Maputaland, (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) and Mozambique - but their movements were restricted when the border was fenced off in 1989 because of poaching. 

Alois Haberhauer also states that "We should be thinking of Tembe as a reserve of international importance that should be internationally financed. It is a unique place in which to do pioneering study

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