|Magnificent bull Elephant|
Big Tuskers were once common place in Africa, but big game hunting during the later part of the 19th and early 20th centuries accounted for many of the big boys. However there are still a few around.
To be called a big tusker the tusks need to weigh approximately 100lbs, but aren't really a good guide to age other than to show maturity and seniority.
If we went back just thirty years there were seven impressive big tuskers in the Kruger National Park, the so called Magnificent Seven (after the 1960's western).
Although they have since passed away, their genes remain in the Kruger herds, which gives optimism that we'll see more in years to come.
For now, we're just enjoying the encounters we have with the chap pictured above.
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