60 lbs each side Elephant

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  1. Odinsraven

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...hant-killed-by-german-hunter-in-Zimbabwe.html

    Biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years brings back memories of Cecil the lion

    Exclusive: German hunter pays nearly £40,000 to shoot one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe, while conservationists and safari guides mourn the loss of ‘magnificent’ animal

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    A hunter, allegedly a German national, celebrates with a guide after culling a huge elephant

    By Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg
    7:00PM BST 15 Oct 2015

    It is an image that will haunt conservationists: one of Africa’s most majestic creatures lying dead on the ground as a white Western hunter poses proudly by its side.

    Barely three months after the shooting of Cecil the lion caused global outrage, a German hunter has risked the wrath of animal lovers once more by shooting dead one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe.

    Mystery surrounded the identity of the elephant, which was estimated to have been between 40 and 60 years old, but had never been seen before in Zimbabwe’s southern Gonarezhou National Park.

    But its tusks, which almost touch the ground in a photograph taken moments after its shooting, confirmed its exceptional nature, weighing a combined 120lb.

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    t was shot on October 8 in a private hunting concession bordering Gonarezhou by a hunter who paid $60,000 (£39,000) for a permit to land a large bull elephant and was accompanied by a local, experienced professional hunter celebrated by the hunting community for finding his clients large elephants.

    The German national, who the hunt’s organisers have refused to name, had travelled to Zimbabwe to conduct a 21-day game hunt including the Big Five of elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and rhinoceros.

    “Individual elephants such as these should be accorded their true value as a National Heritage and should be off limits to hunting" Anthony Kaschula, Safari firm owner
    The kill was celebrated in hunting forums around the world, where it was suggested he might have been the biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years.

    Conservationists and photographic safari operators in the area expressed their outrage on Thursday night, saying the animal was one of a kind and should have been preserved for all to see.

    Anthony Kaschula, who operates a photographic safari firm in Gonarezhou, posted pictures of the hunt on Facebook, said the elephant had never been seen in the area before but would have been celebrated by visitors and locals alike.

    “We have no control over poaching but we do have control over hunting policy that should acknowledge that animals such as this one are of far more value alive (to both hunters and non-hunters) than dead,” he wrote.

    “Individual elephants such as these should be accorded their true value as a National Heritage and should be off limits to hunting. In this case, we have collectively failed to ensure that legislation is not in place to help safeguard such magnificent animals.”

    Unlike Cecil, the black-maned lion beloved by tourists who was shot by American dentist Walter Palmer in Hwange National Park using a bow and arrow in July, the animal’s origin was not immediately known.

    It was speculated that he might have come up from South Africa, since there is no border between the Kruger National Park and Gonarezhou, which form part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park created by former South African president Nelson Mandela.

    Some suggested that the elephant might be a massive bull called Nkombo, who was a satellite collared elephant from the Kruger who lost his collar in 2014. Nkombo was however spotted in the Kruger on October 3, making it unlikely that he would have completed a journey of several hundred miles in five days.

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    William Mabasa, of South Africa’s National Parks, said Kruger’s elephant experts were looking into the case. “If this elephant came up from the Kruger, he would have had to go through all the communities on the edge of Gonarezhou and someone would have seen him. It’s not possible.”

    Louis Muller, chairman of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association, said the hunter had only realised how large the “tusker” was once he had been shot.

    "He told me when he and his client were stalking this elephant he saw the tusks were big but did not realize just how big until afterwards and he saw them close. He is going back to see if he can find the lower jaw and bring it back so we can accurately age this elephant,” he told The Telegraph.

    "We checked everywhere and this elephant has never been seen before, not in Zimbabwe nor Kruger. We would have known it because its tusks are huge. There have been five or six giant tuskers shot in the last year or so, and we knew all of them, but none as big as this one.”

    He said his organisation had suggested that unique elephants should be collared to protect them from hunting. “We have suggested before to all concerned parties that each elephant area should collar a few with biggest tusks, so that we do not shoot them,” he said. "Nobody responded to our suggestion last year. We believe this might now be taken seriously.”

    The man who helped arrange the hunt, who did not want to be named, defended his client. “This was a legal hunt and the client did nothing wrong,” he said. “We hunters have thick skins and we know what the greenies will say. This elephant was probably 60 years old and had spread its seed many many times over.”

    He said his organisation paid as much as 70 per cent of its hunting fees back to the local community and observed quotas for animals. “This is good for Zimbabwe and good for local people,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for hunters to spend $100,000 (£64,551) each trip.”

    Meanwhile Zimbabwe National Parks has called for stiffer penalties for poachers following the discovery on Tuesday of 26 more elephant carcasses that died of cyanide poisoning at two different locations in the Hwange National Park.

    Cyanide poisoning is a growing problem in the country since a mass poisoning in October 2013 resulted in up to 100 deaths.

    The 26 elephants were discovered by rangers following another discovery last week of 14 other elephants, also poisoned to death by cyanide.
     

  2. gizmo

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    Gee wonder if the author is an anti hunting ass bag. I'm sick of these left wing anti posts. The conservationist it the gentleman who was blessed with the oppurtunity to take such a magnificent animal. Congrats to him on the elephant of a lifetime.
     
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    I saw a report about that somewhere else and it stated the tusks were 120lbs each, not total. They look bigger than 60lbs each.
     

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    Agreed, a 60lb elephant is no big news. That elephant has to be well over 100lb each side. Outstanding bull. The stuff dreams are made of.
     

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    Big bull. Congrats to the hunter. Probably smart not naming names.... Bruce
     
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    magnificent bull,congratulations to the outfitter and hunter,its always a team effort.
     
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    Exactly! Those aren't 60 pounders. I was in Matetsi a few years ago and one of the other hunters in camp took a 65 pounder and those tusks weren't near as big as these. They very well may be 120 a side. Its great that there are still some "tuskers of Selous' time" still out there.(y)
     
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    With tusks almost touching the ground after it was shot he is certainly a National treasure, never having been seen before in Zimbabwe! :E Rofl:

    Incredible reporting like this leaves me feeling like I know all the facts.

    Have a look at the scale
    kg on the left... What do you figure the increments are?
    Going up by 5, about 40kg.
    Going up by 10, ?

    Wish the picture was clearer.
     
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    When I saw the article, I was shocked....no way 60lbs is the biggest killed in 30 years.

    This is a magnificent trophy and congratulations to the hunter and PH.

    I found the article amusing that there is outrage even though no one has ever seen this elephant before, got to love the greenies. I just hope people will read the end of the article and focus on that 70% is going back into the community and that poaching is the problem.
     
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    Wonder if it might have came over from Mozambique?
     

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    I know the Outfitter who's lucky client got to take this trophy. 120 and 122 pounds is what they weigh
     

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    I believe the bull was shot in Malipati on Nixon Dzingai's concession.
    Unbelievable trophy and one we are unlikely to see the likes of for many years!

    Apparently they weren't even hunting ele at the time but came across the giant. As they say, often better to be lucky than good!
     
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    Can you imagine the walking onto this monster!!!
     

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    I don't think "bok koors" (buck fever) begins to cover it!!!

    I think you'd just be grateful to have a suitable calibre/bullet combo available. Wounding and losing that magnificent gentleman really would be a tragedy.
     
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    +1
     

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    That about says it all.

    Wish the guy would take his foot off the rope though. :)
     
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    An exceptional trophy !

    Whoever wrote the article mistook lbs. and kg.
     
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    Newspaper Nonsense.
    60 pounder are not sooo rare in Zimb.
    This Elephant has much mor than 60pounds.
    Here is a real 60pounder from last year
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    Congrats to the Hunter! Magnificent Trophy! This reporter has an agenda for sure.
     
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