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As large-tusked bulls are becoming increasingly rare in Africa and as part of their work, Save the Elephants is recording sightings of large tuskers in all study sites in Africa.

Kumana, with his impressive ivory and characteristic ragged right ear is one of them and was first photographed by Anja Stolk at Kumana Pan between Tshokwane and Satara in the Kruger National Park. On 20th September 2010, Vanessa Gueli saw him north of Tshokwane. On 2nd February 2011, he crossed from Kruger into Addger when he graced the western study site with his magnificent presence whilst in full musth (a periodic condition in bull elephants, characterised by highly aggressive behaviour).

Photo copyright and text: Michelle Henley / Save The Elephants