AG Secret Season Safari

‘Iconic tusker’ shot by trophy hunters in Zambia

A large bull elephant shot by a trophy hunter in Zambia

© Game Animals of the Past and Present

A large bull elephant was shot and killed in Zambia this past weekend by a trophy hunter. The term ‘iconic Tusker’ was used to describe the elephant and celebrate the hunt, but it is not clear if this was indeed a true ‘Tusker’ (with tusks weighing 100 pounds on each side). It is estimated that there are fewer than 50 true Tuskers left in Africa, and probably only 25-30.

The hunt was reportedly legally organised through Stone Hunting Safaris, where hunting in Zambia takes place in “the Luangwa Valley, Kafue Flats, and Bangweulu Swamps in governmental conservation areas or large privately owned ranches, depending on the required species”.

Game Animals of the Past and Present posted their congratulations to the hunter on their Facebook page, saying:

Biggest elephant shot in Zambia in decades, iconic Tusker. Well done great trophy 🏆 👍🏻and yes all meat was utilized donated to local villages and schools. Lot of money was payed [sic] for the license to shoot the bull and that money goes towards conservation of not only next elephant generations but the whole ecosystem there benefits from legal controlled hunting.”

Game Animals of the Past and Present explained, in reply to numerous comments, that all parts of the elephant were used. The hunter receives the skin and tusks, and the meat is donated to local villages and schools. In addition, the money paid by the hunter goes towards conservation practices in the region.

Screenshot from Game Animals of the Past and Present on Facebook

News Desk
About

A collection of current affairs articles and press releases from third party sources.

  • Dr Ram Sharma

    HUMANS ARE THE MOST CRUEL ANIMALS……VERY SAD INDEED TO KILL A MAGNIFICIENT ANIMAL………

    • Alan CoxfordMan Adb

      I have heard that in a zoo-park in San Diego,USA, outside at the exit gates,there is a large mirror with a sign stating,”You are now looking at the MOST dangerous animal in the world”. Thought provoking stuff,ehhhhh!

  • Leoni Ferreira

    this is unacceptable!! why? the elephants does not grow like that anymore every year they decrease in growth, because of being hunted!! if you go to Leteba in the Kruger you will see that they are not growing that large anymore!!

    so sad!!

    • Willem Frost

      I suppose it is because of all the hunting around Letaba !!

  • Raymond Jennen

    Well the money goes to the few happy criminals, for the meat there are enough alternatives and conservation is about responsability not about greed…..

  • Murray Louw

    And this great tusker’s genes are lost forever:(

    • Paulo Lrx

      Good chances he already breed, I dont say I agree with what was dome, but old bulls already have spread their genes

    • Guy Baxendale

      A bull of this age would have had years of breeding

      • cascadian12

        So? Humans are a virus and that legal poacher is totally expendable.

        • cascadian13

          you should probably kill yourself, then, cascadian12. you are a virus after all.

          • cascadian12

            After you.

        • Peterg123

          Misanthropic and dangerous person, you are… w#anking away in your private world of hate.

      • Gaetano Bonaviri

        “Hunters like to claim that older males with the heaviest ivory are past their reproductive years and are, therefore, no longer contributing their genes to the next generation. This is simply false. In Amboseli – the world longest elephant dataset – a male’s peak reproductive years are between 40 and 50 years of age. But even at age 60 a male is as successful as a male of age 35. They are still coming into musth and are still contributing to the next generation when they are over 60 years old. We wrote: “The longer a male survives and the older he becomes, the more successful he has the opportunity to be.” […] Very few male elephants live to the age when they can begin to reproduce. In Amboseli, a population that has seen very little poaching, 76% of males die before reaching the age of 40. Of those who survive to reproduce, very few carry genes for the enormous tusks upon which we – humans – seem to place so much value. To be blunt, if maintaining large tusks is a consideration, killing so-called “tuskers” is short-sighted and, quite frankly, stupid.” Joyce Poole (ElephantVoives), biologist that spent decades studying older male elephant and documented that longevity is critical to their reproductive success (https://goo.gl/Jat59z)

        • Andrew Baldry

          Lets use Kenya as an example shall we?

          • Simon Espley

            Or perhaps Mozambique and Tanzania?

          • Gaetano Bonaviri

            Let’s use Botswana: trophy hunting banned , natural heritage protected by the B.Defence Force, zero-tolerance approach to poaching and eco-tourism. Botswana has the largest population of elephants on earth (The Great Elephant Census estimated 130,000) with ellies rushing from Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia where they are targeted by poachers and trophy hunters. “International tourism is expected to bring in $210m (£160m) to Botswana this year, rising to $370m (£280) by 2021 – more than trophy hunters spend across the whole of southern Africa.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41163520

        • Graeme Pollock

          Botswana only closed hunting in 2014 yet you use it as an example of great elephant conservation , that’s the point it was the Hunting concessions that conserved and protected the elephant to enable the population to explode , since the closure of hunting more elephant have been poached and shot as problem elephant than entire 18 years when hunting was the primary land use for arrears adjacent to Parks . Since closure the eastern blocks have lost over 80% of the wildlife due to hunting companies been forced to withdraw from the concessions, once where thousands of buffalo roamed , tens of thousands of elephants sought refuge and all the accompanying wildlife were expanding in numbers , you will now find no buffalo and a handful of elephant. Wildlife human conflict is at record heights, and everybody knows what happens to wildlife in these circumstances

          • Peterg123

            Blame that narcissist Joubert and his wife……who did everything the could to ban hunting in Botswana. Till Karma the Buffalo got em….

    • Curlywurly

      Apparently DNA is the reason that these males are allowed to be shot. They monopolise the gene pool, which as you know, is not a good idea. I do think they should be moved to a different area rather than being used for sport, but I suppose you have to weigh things out. I do believe that there is just as much money to be made from photo shooting safaris, rather than shooting these magnificent animals. As usual man will not be happy until someone can say, “I killed the last one. “

  • Nigel Miller

    These people are the scum of the earth, as are those in power who allow it to happen.

    • Kay Fender

      and those that buy the trophies, ivory, rhino horn etc. produced by them.

    • luis F.Nexans A.

      I agree with you. That’s a shame.

  • robert
  • Africas cool

    Please explain exactly how that money benefits the community. Hunters give meat to the locals in order for the community to welcome hunting, but I do not know of a single school or successful long term project financed by hunting. If the hunters in question would like to contribute to the education and well being of the community please donate to one of the groups working in the area to improve lives of rural Zambians. Photographic tourism in these areas contribute huge amounts of money and effort to their communities.

    • Andrew Baldry

      Please give examples. What the same photographic camps that reside in our hunting concessions.

    • Kommissar

      I know of a hospital financed by hunting in an area of Cameroon that could not support photo-safari tourism. Although online commenters like to talk about photo safaris, they are high-impact, and mean many more people with much more infrastructure in an area to produce the same amount of money. Habitat preservation is the key goal, and hunting can support habitat in a much wider area of Africa than photo tourism, without accompanying development in wild areas.

      It is, in many ways, irrelevant where the money goes, because it’s not about humans. Hunting operations depend on quality of game and manage for biodiversity. They conduct aggressive anti-poaching in areas that (again) are not viable for ecotourism.

    • Peterg123

      You are very seriously out of touch if you don’t think trophy hunting makes direct contributions. Here is a simple equation for you to grasp, based of 70 years experience living in Africa and in conservation. If you don’t outbid the poachers to benefit the community, the wildlife all goes. Got it? Put away the morality violin. It is a death-sound to our animals.

  • Alan CoxfordMan Adb

    Instead of actually killing the animals,can’t there be a set-up in place where a camera system was mounted on the ‘gun’ and a photo was released,instead of a bullet and ‘data’ of the ‘shooting’recorded for officiall records services that monitor hunting activities against law-breaking/poaching activity? I know that expense is involved,but paying money into this sort of scheme,might just as easily be ‘cost-effective than the current ways!

    • Kay Fender

      I like your idea but for a certain type of person the pleasure comes in the killing of the animal , being able to stand ‘proudly’ beside its dead body after having slaughtered it; taking a photo just wouldn’t do it for them. Heartbreaking and sickening.

      • cascadian12

        People who love to kill are psychopaths.

  • Monique Doiron

    hey what the heck, why not humans starts culling the elites !!!! (being very sarcastic here )……

  • Jacobus Pienaars

    Who was the killer? He needs to be identified.

    • Peter Michael Beck

      Blood lust for blood lust?

    • Troy Grissom

      your correct what is his identity!We can help him out and make him famous on social media and see if that helps him out in life ! 😉

      • Percible

        His name is Mike Hawk, who also knows fellow hunter, Mike Hunt. But you must say their names aloud to get the full impact of his enormous monstrosity!

        • Greg Soule

          Priceless!!

      • Andrew Baldry

        And slaughter his wife and kids? And the little guy down the road who makes leather belts for a living?

  • Alex Brown

    Despite all the decades of ‘conservation’ going on, where is the evidence of any progress in rural Africa? Photo safari revenue dwarfs trophy hunting revenue, but the corrupt African leaders are happy to look the other way and keep peddling the CONservation BS.

  • Fanie

    I guess its safe to say that this site has proven to be anti-wildlife management. Ade.

    • Cynthia Barnhill Hesslewood

      Wildlife don’t need our management. Millions of years of evolution has created a natural balance and when its out of sync Mother nature deals with it. Humans and our invasive arrogant nature have created the imbalances for the last few hundred years. We need to only contribute by way of protection not destroying life.

      • Fanie

        Of course mam. I guess you speak out of experience gained from decades living in the African bush, studying the ecology of the land and the habitats in question.

        • Michelle Courtois Moreno

          Too many humans, not enough resources = animals suffer.

          • Andrea Morin-Perez

            agreed, michelle. kill yourself please.

          • Peter Michael Beck

            Your comment is disturbing. You’re intelligent enough to comment in a civil way.

          • Fanie

            True sir to be right was through the history of the world, always disturbing to the masses.

          • Fanie

            Similarly, too many of a species on a particular habitat, not enough resources, the whole ecosystem suffers. You could understand that if you so choose.

          • Wendy Wang

            Hey, this is human greed, the trophy hunter is not hungry, okay?

      • Andrew Baldry

        The only wild animals left in Africa reside in the vast protected hunting concessions and National Parks. Concession fees and a proportion of the trophy fees are paid to the communities not to mention game meat and other benefits extended by the operator. These are customary lands and this is the model that these African communities have chosen. If you have a problem go speak to them but I assure you that you will be wasting your time.

        • You love to ignore the fact that the revenues generated by trophy murdering, possibly a couple of hundred million dollars are far far exceeded by the billions generated by photo safaris. Doesn’t sit too well with your rubbished argument does it.

          • Andrew Baldry

            Billions which go into their own pockets mate. Our millions go back into conservation and that is why most of the photographic community in Zambia reside in our hunting concessions.

          • Peter Geraerdts

            How, in a corrupt country like Zambia, money ends up in the pockets of the already rich and powerful. Plus giving free meat to the locals…what a treat…you only turn the locals into beggars. If you want to do something for the locals you have to invest in education

      • Willem Frost

        ….don’t need management …!!?? Wow ! How stupid can you be and still breathe?

      • Peterg123

        This is beyond dumb..unless of course you would like to recommend the genocide of 3/4 of the world’s population so animals can roam free again. Animals need a lot of management. I agree it’s not their fault, but it’s impossible to protect them when humans around them are starving or poor.

    • Wendy Wang

      Wild life management, or wild life killing? Just leave the nature alone. So sick.

      • Fanie

        You wouldn’t know the difference, mam.

  • Deputydog

    I would just like to see the (true) breakdown of quite where this large sum of money went?

    • Willem Frost

      Since when is that any of your business ?

      • That is the most ludicrous brainless comment I’ve ever read., You are obviously a hunter

  • Sigrid Stroh

    The hunter is a stupid as hole. No brain, no heart.

  • John Pieterse

    Some boneheads just never will get it. Hunting for trophy is a sad thing indeed. It only benefits the ego of the hunter. Money mostly flows into the pocket of the organizers. Who are even more sad than the killers that can afford to hunt. Efforts to mitigate it by claiming every part of the animal was used and that hunting is beneficial to communties are even sadder.

    • Stuart Smith

      And the money paid to the government for the cull of the overpopulation of elephants? where do you think that goes to?

      • Nigel Miller

        What overpopulation would that be ? I’m sure you can cite official references to that, right ?

    • Willem Frost

      Yes, boneheads like you will never get it ! You are clueless, dude !

  • Tommy D

    JUST DONATE THE MONEY!!!

    • cascadian12

      Perfect.

  • FromWhereIAm

    Maybe one day these acts will result in public hangings.

    • cascadian12

      I’d bring the popcorn.

    • Willem Frost

      Yes, public hanging of anti-hunters !

    • Peterg123

      Yes, of fanatics like you.

      • FromWhereIAm

        yes, I have a fanatical desire to see that idiots and egomaniacs don’t destroy all the wildlife on this planet for their own pitiful self-glorification!

        • Peterg123

          If you had a less messianistic view of yourself as an animal Jesus and normal hunters as sinners, you would realise legal hunters who pay are the LEAST threat to animals on the planet and probably are net contributors to saving them. However good luck with poachers and peasants..go and preach to them. But I am sure that is entirely beyond your ability of thinking. The egomaniac is looking in the mirror, sir.

          • FromWhereIAm

            Nobody but people like you actually buy the “we’re saving animals by killing them” LIE. Yes, and the people who prey on children are really guaranteeing their survival. That’s just so plain stupid.

          • Peterg123

            You’re a ranting a nutcase. Goodbye.

          • FromWhereIAm

            I may be ranting, I’ll give you that. But anyone who believes that legal hunters are doing animals any good at all has been brainwashed – and consequently, is deluded. Yes, I am not buying the lies you’re peddling.

  • Westley Kirsten

    so cant we start killing these low life people.???

    • Willem Frost

      The anti-hunters?? I agree that they are low-life scum, but shooting them …..?

  • Andrew Baldry

    Elephant such as this and other great beasts occur throughout our hunting concessions which are some of the richest ecosystems in the world. Indeed many noted photographic operators seek the opportunity to reside here purely because of the wildlife numbers. It is the hunters who pay for the management of land and water and provide for the attached communities. It is a success story for Zambia.

    • cascadian12

      Trophy hunting is a perversion, just like pedophilia.

  • Hélène Théoret

    You, the psychopath, who kills animals for pleasure and glory, a day will come when you will be the prey and I hope that you will pay for what you have done. KARMA EXISTS.

  • teacherlady54

    It would make me very happy to see the person/ persons who killed this beautiful animal become endangered species. What kind of sickness do people have that makes them want to prove their dominance by killing these animals using weapons that give them the advantage similar to shooting fish in a barrel. I see no glory or accomplishment in this. I se only sickness, depravity and greed.

  • teacherlady54

    Sitting on a dead elephant smiling as though he actually did something admirable? What kind of creeps do these things? There must be a more admirable way to spend thousands of dollars.

  • Eric Cavatore

    This is such a bunch of BS!
    Why don’t we make pedophilia legal, so we can have child abusers pay a lot of money to do what they want and that money can be donated to clothe and feed poor little kids and prevent child rape for future generations?

    Is that the same kind of good you murderous trophy hunters do?
    SICKOS!

  • Stevieo

    Go to hell A-hole!#

  • David Chan

    Hunt for food, that’s 100% okay. Hunt for sport and you’re a dickless wonder.

    • Andrew Baldry

      The animal still dies and you justify that is 100% OK?

  • Scott Fennell

    Must be more fun than killing people huh. Did that get your egO going you fuc. Look if I were out there, it would be YOU going down.

    • Brain

      Psst. I don’t think he can hear you. 🙂

  • Thomasina Seah

    What this tells me is that the jerkwad has such bad aim he needed the biggest target he could find so he won’t miss with his giant gun.

  • luis F.Nexans A.

    The try to present the murder as ethical by saying that the money goes towards conservation and meat was donated to local school. Thus, they want to justify what is unjustifiable, evil, unethical.

    • Peterg123

      Murder? Lol..you wish. Meanwhile I bet you oppose capital punishment of real murderers and fully support abortion murder of innocent humans. If you are lefty enough you also probably agree with offing your elders via euthanasia. You anti-hunters are a funny bunch. So so so so moral…….

  • Paul Bobnak

    Evil.

  • Judy Thorpe

    A beautiful iconic elephant is standing in the bush and within seconds a high powered riffle wastes him away now he’s gone forever. These majestic creatures are becoming more and more extinct and the people involved in letting trophy hunters kill them will be sorry one day that they have turned their backs on not protecting and caring for the elephants. They are the last living largest animal on earth and they are letting trophy hunters take them away from us.The picture above sickens me.

    • Peterg123

      The trophy hunters pay. The poachers don’t. Get used to itm because they are going to go and much faster from poachers than occasional trophy hunters, unless you can figure out a way to make the community money off them.

  • Shira Moonwitch

    Disgusting !

  • Alfred Daniels

    I cannot imagine that someone would rather destroy the beauty of such creature than enjoy its life and movements. Milions of people would have loved to see the animal alive but it takes a sick mind who wants to see it dead.

    • Peterg123

      I can’t imagine it either but the animal is going to die anyway, and this seems as good a way as slowly staring to death or being attacked by lions or poisoned by poachers…..with money being spread and conservation of areas encouraged. The perfect is the enemy of the good.

      • Alfreddaniels

        So you cannot see suffering in life and therefor rather see one die from a bullet? Do you apply the same mercy to all who suffer including yourself and your own family? Why should you decide what the elephant prefers?

        • Peterg123

          Do you know what happens to old lions when they start to fail? Normally, they get slowly killed by a pack of hyenas…or else a younger lion jumps them and leaves the elder to a lingering death. Elephants don’t “choose” to starve to death. Buellets from a good marksman are a mercy.The majority of animal rightists are ardent euthanasia ropnents..for humans………… and ardent abortionists…..and vigorous anti-death penalty believers. I wonder where you fit in on those?

          • Elvira

            Nature takes care of it’s own. It does not need help from us.

          • Peterg123

            we are part of nature, hello!

  • Thormut

    That’s right and I think they also have a psychological Problem.

  • Yebo Gogo

    The articles says nothing at all about the huge profit that has gone into the pockets of the owner of the organisation which organised this. Pathetic looking little man sitting on top of this beautiful beast.

  • Patricia Akers

    Nothing but Pond scum trash. Your excuses and justifications for killing this beautiful magnificent animal do not fly! you are the lowest piece of garbage on Earth and we will continue fighting you to stop this outrageous barbaric murder. No piece of money not even a penny is worth This Magnificent animal’s death. We will fight scum like you and maybe somebody else be sitting on your body bragging and taunting how much of a coward you really are

    • Peterg123

      I smell the rantings of PETAFILE..well, you’ll be a Muslim soon enough, by force or persuasion…and they love hunting. Hurry up! Hurry up then. The real scum are the brainless white liberals who virtue signal and fanatically try to dominate conservation..which they have pretty much ruined.

  • Jhm0699

    The money paid to kill this magnificent elephant does not go to conservation — it lines the pockets of the officials and the safari companies. This is such a waste of a beautiful animal.

  • Neil
  • Neil
    • cascadian12

      Hunting is killing. Killing is not conservation.

      • Neil

        Hunting and Killing are not the same thing. With respect, this is always the view of narrow minded folk, those with pre-conceived ideas.

        The word “conservation” can be manipulated to suit the narratives, and sadly the anti hunting folk refuse to marry ‘conservation’ with ‘species survival’. It’s all in a lack of understanding, and borne of a laziness and apathy to learn the biometrics of the whole hunting industry, as well as the surrounding scientific and economic benefit of it all.

        Wildlife, worldwide, now makes up only 4% of the zoomass on planet earth, the other 96% is made up of domestic livestock. That in itself is a staggering statistic. The burgeoning human population is systematically destroying wildlife habitat, to the point where the only remaining wildlife will be found in designated reserves. My personal belief is that it is a part of the unstoppable evolutionary path we find ourselves.

        Back to the hunting scenario. This 96% zoomass of domesticated animal life is not a result of banned hunting on the species in question, but 100% related to economic and financial benefit to the benefactor. Surely nobody can argue that? It therefore stands to reason that any financial benefit derived from wildlife is beneficial for the species as a whole. For the most part hunting is scientifically monitored and controlled; in days gone by the lower jaws were handed in to ecologists who would extract information for a data base, to help determine quota control. This is an extremely effective method of monitoring age takeoff. There are unfortunately the unscrupulous hunting crowds who see the value of cash as being above the value of wildlife, and are a real threat to the hunting industry. Just like any industry there are good and bad lawyers, good and bad doctors etc; yet it is unfair to taint all as bad?

        I don’t expect many anti hunters to accept what I have said, but hopefully it can help towards a better understanding of the industry, and also to understand that the word ‘conservation’ should be used in a broader sense, in that (And I quote your words)……”killing is not conservation”…..but rather to change it up a tad to read……”hunting is a method of conservation”.

    • FromWhereIAm

      NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT

      • Neil

        Sorry to disappoint……Oh, but the truth is so inconvenient to the less informed.
        If you feel so strong anout your opinion, feel free to debate it. I will however not be drawn into a random, factless discussion centred around emotuon.

        • FromWhereIAm

          No, I don’t want to engage in anything with you because your snide attitude is only the tip of the iceberg that is your soul.

          • Neil

            That won me a bet. Thanks.

          • FromWhereIAm

            God will judge your destruction of the earth. Only His opinion matters. Anyone who believes that killing elephants, tigers, and other wild creatures is “sustaining” them has a very cold, “user” mentality. And no amount of “argument” can break through that ice. I just hope one day you’ll finally really “see”.

          • Neil

            I respect your right to religious inferences, but also admit we are now on two different sides of a coin, from whence balance between our debates will be impossible.

  • Margueriet Jones

    Just a question…..what next elephant generation? if we kill the last animal, what is left to conserve? “Donating to the people and conservation” has become the new buzz phrase that strips any hunter from the guilt he or she should feel when killing such majestic, iconic animals as shown in the article. If you are so truly concerned with the well being of those communities, I challenge you to invest your time and money in longterm community-based upliftment projects. At least then you would constructively contribute to the survival of a people, or do you think that these people could live forever off the meat you so graciously contributed to them?

    Stop insulting my intelligence with your manipulative efforts to convince me of your caring heart toward the struggling communities in and around your hunting playgrounds….

  • Lauren M

    The gentleman on the elephant appears to past his prime perhaps he should be shot in the name of conservation.

  • Chris

    freaking terrible, why are there still “trophy hunters”, stuo it!

  • loweyeus .

    Is there no hope, my heart bleeds with a sense of loss. Why
    does anyone do this, beyond outrage at its utter waste and pointlessness. It
    was a shame this person was ever born, that could do such a thing as he brings
    the name of humanity down to such depths.

  • Kommissar

    All commenters calling the hunter murderous scum, etc. etc. would be well-advised to stay out of discussions of issues which they do not understand. Take time to really read about poaching and land use in Africa, as well as the economics of habitat conservation, and you might just learn enough to realize that you have no business saying anything.

Okavango Walking Chiefs Island
Wildshot Safari
Africa Geographic