SANParks has announced the observation of twelve potential ‘tusker’ elephants as part of the Kruger National Park’s Emerging Tuskers project.
In total, 28 different animals were assessed, based on video footage submitted by park guests.
Tuskers are elephants with significantly long tusks, prized by conservationists and trophy hunters alike. According to Africa Geographic, a tusker's tusks must each weigh at least 45,45kg.
The twelve bulls have been named according to their characteristics or the areas in which they were found. “The main objective with the naming of the magnificent bulls is to monitor the movements of these animals with Kruger being amongst one of the last places in which they can be seen in Southern Africa,” says Emerging Tuskers Committee coordinator Kirsty Redman.
“Elephant nominations were evaluated on its clarity, visibility of the animal and ivory, significant markings (e.g. ear notches), aesthetics, value to research and the information received.”
The new tuskers have been named Ndlovane, Ngwenya, N’wandlamharhi, N’watindlopfu, Vusopfa, Xindzulundzulu, Matlakusa, Botsotso, Hahlwa, N’wamisejani, N’waMndlovu and Jubilala.
According to SANParks, the project was launched back in 2003, and has now compiled nearly a decade and a half of tusker footage from the 2-million hectare Kruger National Park.
If you’re paying a visit to the KNP, and you come across an ellie with exceptionally large tusks, your photo and video sightings can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.