14 September 2019

South Africa: New tusker in Addo Elephant National Park!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has introduced a new tusker to Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The male elephant is 35 years old, has a shoulder height of 3.18m and tusks measuring an impressive 1.39m from the lip out. His weight is estimated at about six tonnes. Tembe is the first of three bulls which will be brought in as a donation from Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal. The Tembe elephants are known for the size of their tusks and are genetically diverse from the Addo elephants, making them ideal for improving the genetic diversity within Addo's elephant population of about 600 animals. According to Addo Park Manager, Nick de Goede, the other two bulls are expected to be introduced into Addo Elephant National Park before the end of the year.

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