Original source: News24
A zoo elephant released into the Gondwana Game Reserve has died and experts are trying to determine the cause of death.
Thandora was held in captivity for 23 years before she was released into the wild this year with high hopes that she would adapt to the environment.
However, experts from Conservation Global were shocked and distraught to find that she had died.
“I am shattered having endured 36 hours of emotional rollercoaster that ended at 05h30 this morning,” Greg Vogt from Conservation Global told News24 after finding the elephant dead.
A post mortem has been carried out and the results may reveal Thandora’s cause of death.
There had been wide expectations that Thandora would live out several years on the reserve and there were indications that she had joined a herd.
It is unclear whether the death will impact of further efforts to re-introduce captive animals in SA back into the wild.