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Family has jumbo footprints to fill after its orange-loving leader dies

An elephant matriarch has left her herd and human family heartbroken after dying well before her time

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For 22 years she was a leader, but the beginning of 2021 marked the demise of one of SA’s most well known — and beloved — personalities.

Last week, Frankie, the matriarch of Thula Thula Private Game Reserve’s 28-strong elephant herd, succumbed to liver disease at the age of 46. 

Though staff, including medical teams and anti-poaching personnel tried everything to save her, the great lady left her family for the first time since 1999 and faded in the thickets of her home...

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