Large tusked bull elephant dies in Addo

Close up of deceased elephant tusk

© Fayroush Ludick / SANParks – Addo Elephant National Park (Facebook)

Sourced from third party site: SANParks – Addo Elephant National Park (Facebook), written by Fayroush Ludick

Yesterday, it was announced on the SANParks – Addo Elephant National Park Facebook page that one of their big bull elephants has sadly passed away. Here is their statement: 

“Sad news to share this afternoon: Valli, our big elephant bull, had died. Conservation Manager, John Adendorff, flew over the Park early this morning and found him killed about five kilometres from Hapoor. He seems to have gotten into a fight with another bull and died from his injuries about a week ago.

He was one of four Kruger bulls introduced into Addo in the early 2000s. Two of the bulls were really large – Skukuza and Valli. Skukuza met the same fate in 2010.

Valli stood out head and shoulders amongst the Addo animals. He is the father of many young elephants in Addo and his genes will help ensure the success of the elephant population in Addo for many years to come.

Inevitably his very tusks were most likely his downfall. He would not have been as agile as a bull with smaller, more lethal tusks.

Valli was just coming into musth three weeks ago. This is when these bulls are filled with testosterone and they are very prone to fights.

This is really a tragic loss for Addo. Valli, who was extremely passive in nature, was an icon in the Park. It is very tragic for all who knew this gentle giant, but his offspring live on.

In his memory, please share your best pics or stories of Valli!”

Large bull elephant in Addo Elephant National Park

© Fayroush Ludick / SANParks – Addo Elephant National Park (Facebook)

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