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I will try to gather and update the information on this Tusker-site as good as possible and need the help of others (you?) to keep up with changes like areas where they have been seen lately, marks to recognize them and pictures of these beautiful elephants.
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Tuskers of Tembe Elephant Park
Tuskers of Africa
Tembe Elephant Park is situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The park was developed by the Tembe Tribal Authority
and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the conservation body that also runs the adjacent Ndumo Game Reserve and other wildlife reserves in the
Tembe was established in 1983 and only opened to the public in 1991.
The park is home to more than 200 elephants
which are reputed to be the largest in the world. Among them there are BIG Tuskers who I like to present here at these pages.
to the elephants there are lots of other species like Lion, Nyala, Rhino, Leopard,
African Painted (Wild) Dogs and many others
The size of Tembe Elephant Park is covering 300 square km
Ragged left ear, both tusks inwards curved
(click on photo) Name
ID Marks - Description
ISILO died in 2014 (1956 - 2014)
He was the biggest tusker of South Africa for several years
Died in 2021
Died in 2016 because of a bull fight
Died in 2017 by natural causes
Classically shaped tusks. Both ears are ragged
Died in 2016 because of a "old age" (his tusks: right 54kg, left 50kg)
Other pictures and not yet named tuskers
Died in 2012
Died january 2013 by a bull fight
Transferred to another park, is no longer in Tembe
Both tusks curved inwards, right tusk longer then left. Ears: Both ears
have several notches
Inwards curved tusks. Notches in both ears.
Updated January 2022: New: Zakhe and updated MFUNGENI and VELEMPINI
Both ears: Several notches, hole near the center of the left ear. Both tusks curved upwards
Young bull with almost straight downward pointing tusks
Tembe tuskers of Yesterday
Died in 2018 by natural causes
Inwards curved tusks, notches in left ear
Died April 2020
Classic curved tusks. Some notches in both ears.
Inwards curved tusks. Ragged ears.
Upwards curved left tusk. Ragged ears