Articles in Category: Big Tusker Project

Passing out parade of 2017 Wildlife Conservancy Supervisors' Course

Two Kamungi Conservancy Scouts successfully graduate from the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani, Tsavo

Passing out parade of 2017 Wildlife Conservancy Supervisors' Course

On the 17th of November 2017, two Kamungi Community scouts successfully passed out from the two month Wildlife Conservancy Supervisor's Course at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy at Manyani in Tsavo. The course covered the following subjects; Drill, Bush Craft, First Aid, General Law, Battle Porcedure Order, Disaster Management, Method of Instructional Technique, Radio communication, Leadership, Fitness Training, Wildlife Education, Wildlife Act and Land Navigation.  

Senior KWS officials at the event included KWS Deputy Director of Parks and Reserves, and Commandant of the KWS Law Enforcement Academy.

Life Size Big Tusker Painting For Sale

Large percentage of proceeds pledged to elephant conservation

 Life Size Big Tusker Painting For Sale

Jonathan Truss is deeply concerned about the plight of elephants, so many times the subject of his paintings, but in his latest he has attempted a world first - to paint a life sized "Big Tusker" elephant on canvas! This unique painting is now on sale, and the artist is accepting offers directly via his website.

Albino or not?

Albino or not?

Date photographed 20th June 2017, at Mudanda water hole in Tsavo East NP.
Richard Moller took the photos in the company of Tusk Senior Officials – Charlie Mayhew and Dr Samantha Corsellis.
As the small cow / calf herd approached the water hole we noticed one calf to be very different in colour to the others. Once in the water and the Tsavo dust washed off, it became apparent that this little male ele calf was pink and close to looking albino. His eye lashes were long and pale, his skin very pink, even his eyes seemed a different colour.
What was interesting is that his mother took extreme care of him, not letting him move more than a meter from her – as if she realised something was different.

Iconic Tusker – Kamboyo dies naturally of old age

During the recently concluded Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) Aerial Census, the recent elephant carcass of the Tusker known as Kamboyo was located with ivory intact on 20th February 2017.

The aircraft and crew that found this carcass called in the Tsavo Trust aircraft that was counting the nearby block and Josh (TT pilot) confirmed this was indeed the carcass and ivory of Kamboyo. Kamboyo had been named by Tsavo Trust in March 2013 and was last seen alive on 17th January 2017. He was one of Tsavo’s elephant Ambassadors. His ivory weighed 53.5kg and 52.5kg (118 and 116lbs).

Kwaheri Satao

Saying Goodbye to a Tsavo Icon

With great sadness, we report the death of Satao, one of Tsavo’s most iconic and well-loved tuskers. This magnificent elephant was widely known in Tsavo East National Park, where he was observed with awe by many thousands of Tsavo’s visitors over the years. No longer will Tsavo and Kenya benefit from his mighty presence. Satao was shot dead by poisoned arrow on 30th May 2014.