Hunter shoots elephant in Zimbabwe fitted with radio collar

A huge bull elephant was shot dead by a Russian trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, even though the animal had been wearing a radio collar universally known as a research tag and considered unethical to shoot. The elephant, known as a “big tusker” because of the size of his tusks, was killed last month outside the Gonarezhou National Park.

According to the African Geographic,  the elephant had been collared for research purposes and known by the entire hunting party which included a government ranger and two trackers, however all of the men stated they had not noticed the device until after the animal was killed.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society, who collared this and other elephants for research purposes, issued a statement about the disturbing incident:

“There is no law that protects a collared animal from being hunted in Zimbabwe, but there is general acceptance that the ethical position is that a hunter will avoid shooting an animal with a collar. The data from this bull has been captured and will help us with our ongoing efforts to find solutions, together with our local and international partners, to conservation questions in a world where the challenges to find space for wildlife and their habitats are becoming ever more complicated.”

One year ago, National Geographic reported a 50-year-old African elephant named Satao II had been found dead while feeding in the eastern region of Tsavo Trust in Kenya. The elephant was believed to have been poisoned by an arrow for his immense tusks; Satao II tusks weighed 112 and 111 pounds each. The two poachers were arrested and never allowed to sell the tusks for the illegal ivory markets.

There are only 25 of the “big tuskers” believed to be alive in all of Africa, and it is thought these animals could go extinct in our lifetime. Female elephants prefer mating with the older males, meaning the “tuskers” are needed for the preservation of the species. The highly socialized animals respect the senior members of the herds – these are the very animals who teach the younger elephants their social and survival skills.

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(Photo of hunter shot elephant in Zimbabwe via FB La voix des animaux)

 

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16 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    LIARS!!! they noticed the collar but chose to ignore it. Anyone who can kill another living being for sport is seriously lacking in humanity.

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    • Pamela Bplton says:

      This is way beyond sport. They just use it as an excuse to kill everything with no conscience. In the meantime , we all suffer with the loss

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  2. Donna L Hawkins says:

    The unmitigated greed and ego of pompous humans is going to be end of our existence!!! There is no justification for this behavior!

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  3. Nadya Rossi says:

    Don’t the African countries realize that they are allowing fat stupid white people to destroy their irreplaceable treasures? What is that ugly fool going to do with an elephant carcass? POS!

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  4. Pamela Garlisch says:

    This will keep happening unless alternatives are found for the native people to make money. It seems like the people there take the easy way out and that is taking another life for money, it’s quick gratification and they do not have to do very much work.

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  5. Pamela Bplton says:

    Trophy hunting needs banned, period. It’s nothing but ego and greed killing our wildlife. It needs to stop completely before it’s too late. Case on point, the white Rhino. They are all gone. Thanks HUMANS.

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  6. Marsha Squibb says:

    I’d love to “gut” this bastard.. take a knife and rip this bastard open from his belly to his throat,and TAKE MY TIME doing it!!!!!Hope your family meets a horrible end….Your all alike!!!!

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  7. Bill Bradley says:

    Why would I contribute any money to save these elephants when in spite of money spent they continue to be slaughtered.
    STUPID UNEDUCATED TRASH OF HUMAN CULTURE LET IT HAPPENED. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY YOU CAN POSSIBLE QUESTION TRUMP WHEN HE CALLS YOU A SHITHOLE NATION WHEN YOU LET A OUTSIDER KILL YOUR NATIONAL TREASURE,
    ANYONE REMOTELY CONNECTED WITH THIS COUNTRY,GOVERNING AGENCIES SHOULD BE SHOT DEAD AT BEST
    DISCUSTED WITH GREED AND ILLITERACY IN 2018.

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  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    Hopefully this goddamn hunk of puke will have a fatal hunting accident – and no one will notice – may it be a long painful and suffering death – this murdering of any animal for its head to be placed on someone’s wall is beyond disgusting – I hope this cracker bastard gets his just due by a damn stampede pounding him into the ground and no one notices.

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  9. DANIEL KALDERON says:

    BAN TROPHY HUNTINGS RIGHT NOW !!WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SICK EVIL SPORT ?? THE PUSSY COWAREDS WANT TO SHOOT ??I WECOME THE FUCKERS TO OUR MIDDLE EAST SHIT =LETS SEE THEM AGAINST TERRORISTS !!!

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  10. JOSEPHINE FRAZIER says:

    HOPE THIS COWARD MONSTER RECEIVES NOTHING BUT BAD KARMA FOR THE REST OF HIS WORTHLESS LIFE! HE DOESN’T DESERVED TO BREATHE AIR, AND ANYONE THAT HURTS AND SLAUGHTERS ANIMALS DESERVED TO BURN IN HELL!

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