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November 25, 2022

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“There is no doubt that Lugard is the father of numerous elephants & is likely that his offspring will become Super Tuskers because of his rare “large tusk” genes.”

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Super Tusker Dies Of Old Age – Tsavo West National Park

Super Tusker Dies Of Old Age – Tsavo West National Park

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has announced the death of an iconic male Tusker at the Tsavo West National Park.

The elephant, known as Lugard, is said to have died of old age.

Lugard’s death follows that of Dida, one of Africa’s largest female tuskers, in Tsavo East National Park on November 2, 2022. Dida died of natural causes at 60 to 65 years old.

“On November 21, 2022, on a regular reconnaissance fly over Tsavo West National Park, Conservation Officer and Pilot, Joseph Kimaile of the Tsavo Trust, discovered Lugard’s 3-day-old carcass,” the statement said.

“KWS and Tsavo Trust immediately launched an emergency ground response team to verify the situation where they found out that Lugard’s death was caused by natural causes relating to old age. Both tusks were found intact and subsequently recovered.”

It further stated that Lugard was part of a group of elephants that were provided with more security and protection under the ‘Big Tusker Project’ that was launched in a partnership by Tsavo Trust and KWS ten years ago.

“There is no doubt that Lugard is the father of numerous elephants & is likely that his offspring will become Super Tuskers because of his rare “large tusk” genes. Nevertheless, it is always sad to lose an elephant, let alone a Super Tusker,” KWS added.

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