Coastal elephant at it again
10 February 2020 | Local News
Romeo Muyunda; Ministry of environment; “He was discovered at Long Beach towards Walvis Bay.”
The elephant bull that made a rare appearance on 24 December 2019 along the coast has returned to the area again.
The animal was in the Swakopmund River near Rossmund, and people living in the area have been advised to be cautious and remain vigilant.
Earlier today the spokesperson of the ministry of environment and tourism Romeo Muyunda said that a decision was taken to let is stay there and monitor it.
"Perhaps it will do well there. There is sufficient vegetation to feed on and water to drink. We appeal once again to people to stay away from the area to allow the elephant to settle in and also to avoid aggravating the elephant."
He also said that the elephant has been behaving peaceful and that it was the ministry's intention to assist the elephant find a home.
"We will monitor the elephant continuously and react as the situation dictates. For now the elephant is at home."
Early Sunday morning the elephant visited the Riverside Equestrian Centre on its way to the Rossmund Golf Club.
Sandra Mendes, owner of Riverside Equestrian Centre, said the elephant was a pleasant guest.
“He came in through the gate, drank some of the water that we leave out for the horses, came right to our front door and nibbled on some palm fronds before leaving through our gate.”
The environment ministry’s public relations officer Romeo Muyunda confirmed that it was same elephant that visited the coast in December.
“He walked back to the coast via the Swakop River two weeks after we collared him. He was discovered at Long Beach towards Walvis Bay. Our staff managed to move him to the Swakopmund River, south of Rossmund.”
Earlier in the week Muyunda said that the elephant had made numerous attempts to leave the Omaruru River towards Henties Bay, with ministry staff driving him back to the safety of the river each time.
“It is our intention to guide the elephant back to the Omaruru River. Alternatively we will capture him should there be a need to do so. We urge people to stay clear of the elephant as the authorities work toward returning him to the Omaruru River.”
The elephant who also visited AfriCat's Okonjima Lodge near Otjiwarongo last year, surprised holidaymakers the day before Christmas with his presence at the coast.
He was lured with food and water from the coast to the inland and has been closely monitored since.
The elephant walked through Klein Spitzkoppe, returned to the coast and eventually settled at the Omaruru River.
The ministry wanted to move the elephant to the Erindi Private Game Reserve near Omaruru, but the decision was made to equip him with a collar instead.