A herd of several hundred elephant thunders across a burned-out section of the Sudd Swamp between Kongor and the main channel of the Nile.  Much of the Sudd is burned off during the dry season, and the papyrus quickly grows back.  The dust being kicked up by the elephants is ash from a bush fire.  At least one of these elephants had a satelite and radio tracking collar installed by a team from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) the week before this photo was taken.  The  collars are to help track the animals to get a better sense of their seasonal migration.  Elephants are normally found in small, family size herds of no more than twenty, and the large size of this herd implies that they feel threatened by hunters.

Sudan Wildlife

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This project documents the rediscovery of the huge herds of wildlife that still roam the vast unpopulated areas of South Sudan. In the early 80s, before the civil war broke out, there were herds of over a million gazelles and other species moving across the vast savannahs of the south. Conservationists were astounded to find these herds had survived 22 years of civil war largely intact. George joined a team from the Wildlife Conservation Society working to better understand the movements of South Sudanese wildlife by putting satellite-transmitting collars on the migrating species. Data from these collars will be used to develop a new system of National Parks and reserves. George also documented poaching, which continues unabated whenever wildlife comes into contact with the heavily armed local population.

 

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