And a further email from Kirsty, replying to comments made here:
I just read the link that you attached to the original query and feel compelled to perhaps answer some of the other comments.
With regards to Alexander, yes his information is still up on the current board as people commented they would like to see the tusk information and would not like him removed, so while still on the current tusker board there is an attachment that was inserted on his death (which we were informed of immediately and all my staff were aware of) which has the date of death and the tusk dimensions on it so there is no doubt of his status.
I cannot comment on the identification of the tuskers issue as, as far as I know all of us are very familiar with Hlanganini, however if there are problems with elephant hall staff I would appreciate feedback with specifics so I can address any issues immediately.
With regards to the inclusion of additional tusks, while we would love to include all the recently deceased tuskers, there simply is not space and displays would have to be lost to accommodate that, given it is an education centre and not just a tusk museum this would be counter productive.
While magnificent animals, Hlanganini, Duke and Alexander are only 3 of the recently deceased tuskers, 4 having passed away before Hanaganini and Alexander and all of whom had tusks that are equal to or bigger then all 3 of the mentioned tuskers.
A set of criteria was given that to be included the emerging tuskers would have to supersede the existing tuskers in the hall, none of which have achieved this to date.
We accept that people develop attachments to specific tuskers especially when the opportunity has arisen to see them personally, however it must be understood there are currently 10 regularly seen tuskers at this time and 8 that have died in my time here amount to 18 potential sets of tusks, and a limit has to exist as to where to draw the line on inclusion into the display.
With regards to updating the displays, we are looking at the written displays but cost is an issue with current budgets, this will therefore have to be done in time and very carefully, we met with huge criticism when we undertook the last upgrade to include the skeleton from many guests who did not want to see the hall changed at all and were quite upset that we were changing what they considered a piece of history, so it would seem we simply cannot make everyone happy and someone is always going to be upset.
I hope this will help with your queries as well.
Interpretive Officer, Nxanatseni Region, Kruger National Park