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Shayisa is the dominant bull in his population at just 29 years old, which is very young to be in charge. His succession followed the death of the previous dominant bull which was hunted in 2013. But owing to his level-headed and gentle manner, Shayisa is a pretty good boss.
The name Shayisa means: ‘to come in with a bang’ or ‘to suddenly appear’ in Zulu. This is rather fitting, as researchers often come across him rather unexpectedly despite his radio-collar.
Besides pioneering research of male elephants, the elephant monitoring involves prevention and treatment of attacks and spearing. The area is highly affected by unemployment which attracts poachers and threatens these gentle giants with near future extinction.