The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Emerging Tuskers Committee said it is proud to announce the names of twelve new emerging tuskers; thanks to the submission of elephant footage from guests to the Tuskers Project. See photos and descriptions below… which will make it quite exciting for safari visitors to the legendary South African reserve to find and identify the Tuskers in the future.
In a media release, the Kruger said the Committee monitored several elephants from as far back as 2009; until recently when they closely looked at 28 of them. Twelve of those, which showed sufficient development, were selected and named as Big Tuskers.
“The main objective with the naming of the magnificent bulls is to monitor the movements of these animals with Kruger being amongst one of the last places in which they can be seen in Southern Africa,” said the KNP’s Interpretive Officer and Committee Coordinator, Kirsty Redman.
“Elephant nominations were evaluated on its clarity, visibility of the animal and ivory, significant markings (e.g. ear notches), aesthetics, value to research and the information received,” concluded Redman.
“The names selected look at the characteristics or general areas in which the bulls are found and are unique to them.”
Meet the 12 New Kruger National Park Tuskers:
TAKE PART & ADD YOUR SIGHTINGS AND IMAGES:
If you would like to add your sightings to the database, submit images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For queries on identification or confirmation that a sighting qualifies as a tusker, submit the footage to email@example.com
MORE INFO: www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/elephants/default.php