Lone female elephant left wandering through the Knysna forest

Just one elephant remains living in the Knysna forest, according to the South African National Parks (SANParks).

The announcement was made at a press conference at the organisation’s Knysna headquarters on Wednesday.

SANParks conducted a comprehensive study undertaken by a team of scientists over 15 months, using a network of 80 remotely activated cameras to track activity in the forest.

SANParks wildlife ecologist Lizette Moolman-van der Vyver says the lone female elephant has displayed concerning behaviour.

The large mammal apparently walks up and down the forest, interacting with loggers that look like elephants.

We purchased 80 cameras and we scanned the entire elephant range between 2016 and 2017.

Lizette Moolman-van der Vyver, Wildlife ecologist - SANParks

All the cameras were active for 15 months at about 40 stations.

Lizette Moolman-van der Vyver, Wildlife ecologist - SANParks

We saw this female elephant walking from the eastern part of the range to the western part, up and down.

Lizette Moolman-van der Vyver, Wildlife ecologist - SANParks

Her behaviour also strengthened the finding that there is one elephant.

Lizette Moolman-van der Vyver, Wildlife ecologist - SANParks

While the female elephant appears healthy, scientists say the elephant exhibits some signs that she's emotionally compromised.

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