25-11-2022 by Leni Frau
He was one of Tsavo's "Super Tuskers." Lugard, an iconic elephant with huge tusks and regal bearing, also followed the other 250 elephants that failed to withstand the drought in Kenya in recent months. Notably Lugard, as he was named after the famous Galana River waterfalls in Tsavo East, according to reports from the Tsavo Trust organization, which oversees elephant conservation in the great national park, was snuffed out by age fatigue in correspondence "with the severe drought," according to the statement.
"Although it is always sad to lose an elephant, let alone a Super Tusker, there is no doubt that Lugard is the father of many elephants of different ages and it is likely that several of his descendants will become Super Tuskers in turn, as his rare 'big tusk' genes have been passed on and secured to the Tsavo ecosystem."
Lugard seasonally traversed the Tsavo East and Tsavo West wildlife parks in the Manyani area. Tsavo East and Tsavo West in the Manyani area. His movement data and video recordings later led to the creation of a wildlife underpass under the SG railway that has since been used by many elephants. Lugard was a movie star, appeared in several documentaries and was photographed and enjoyed by many who visited Tsavo just to see him. He had last been spotted by the Tsavo Trust last Nov. 10. Lugard's 3-day-old carcass was spotted from above by the organization's pilot, Joseph Kimaile, on Nov. 21 inside West Tsavo National Park during a routine reconnaissance flight. KWS and the Tsavo Trust initiated an immediate ground intervention to verify the situation, having to note her death from natural causes.
Photo credits to: Tsavo Trust - Facebook
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