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Hunter posing with shot elephant

EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Written by Adam Cruise for Conservation Action Trust. Images sourced on Facebook. 

On the 8th October an elephant with tusks estimated to weigh over 120lb (54,4+kg) each was shot in the Malapati concession, located in southeastern Zimbabwe near Gonarezhou National Park.

Hunting forums are abuzz with congratulatory comments about the bull elephant who had 122-pound tusks, making him probably the largest tusker hunted in Africa since 1986.

Hunter with elephant tusks

 

 

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The hunters are claiming their hunt was ethical since the elephant was past his breeding years. However, elephant experts have stated that the elephant was 35-40 years old and was accordingly of prime breeding age.

There is concern regarding the loss of the genes that such a large tusker carries.

big-tusker-shot

The death of this iconic elephant comes in the wake of the recent hunting of Cecil, the well-known male lion also killed near the boundary of an unfenced national park.

Weighing elephant tusks

Also read: Zimbabwe elephant hunter identified as German property mogul

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