Where the ellie am I? Magnificent KZN tusker gets a new home
Tembe’s elephants are being rehomed to contain their numbers, boosting tourism and conservation elsewhere
A bull elephant with the potential to grow into one of Africa’s largest “tuskers” has been shifted to a community-owned game reserve due to the burgeoning number of elephants in KwaZulu-Natal’s famous Tembe Elephant Park.
Tembe, a 30,000ha reserve on the SA-Mozambique border, is home to a unique gene pool of large-tusked elephants that have survived centuries of onslaughts by ivory traders, hunters and poachers across the continent.
The Tembe tuskers, which used to migrate northwards as far as the Maputo elephant reserve, are the only elephants indigenous to KwaZulu-Natal and acknowledged by wildlife experts to be among the largest-tusked elephants left in Africa...