Black elephants are endangered in South African parks, and the country’s conservation agency has put out an alert to people.
It’s calling on visitors to be on the lookout for the black-and-white-coloured, “unusually large” elephants and to report them.
Black elephants, also known as white elephants, are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The agency says it is aware of at least 10 black elephants living in a forest in the south-east of the country.
It is not clear how many are in captivity.
The black elephants are considered vulnerable, as they are considered a threat to humans and animals.
But the African Parks and Wildlife Service (APWS) says the majority of black elephants live in parks.
It has also asked the public to report any wildlife sightings to it.
APWS has warned that if they see an elephant they believe is a white elephant they should be “alert to the fact that the elephant is black and white”.
The agency has also been sending out a message to residents saying that the black elephants may be in a bush, in the wild, or in the vicinity of a railway station.
The APWS says there are more than 200 black elephants currently in captivity in South Australia.
The park service has warned people to be aware of the potential dangers of seeing or being around black elephants.
“We have also raised our warning to people about the risk of getting injured when seeing black elephants,” the agency said in a statement.
Don’t let the animals escape.”