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Media Release: Twelve new emerging tuskers named in the Kruger National Park

22 May 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Emerging Tuskers Committee is proud to announce the names of the twelve new emerging tuskers; thanks to the submission of elephant footage from guests to the Tuskers Project. The Committee monitored several elephants from as far as 2009; until recently when they closely looked at 28 of them. 12 of those, which showed sufficient development were selected and named as big tuskers.

“The main objective with the naming of the magnificent bulls is to monitor the movements of these animals with Kruger being amongst one of the last places in which they can be seen in Southern Africa. The names selected look at the characteristics or general areas in which the bulls are found and are unique to them”, said the KNP’s Interpretive Officer and Committee Coordinator, Kirsty Redman. 

The new tuskers are: Ndlovane, Ngwenya, N’wandlamharhi, N’watindlopfu, Vusopfa, Xindzulundzulu, Matlakusa, Botsotso, Hahlwa, N’wamisejani, N’waMndlovu and Jubilala.

The Emerging Tuskers is an ongoing project which was launched in 2003. In its first few years, the project ran a competition which focused on finding, identifying and naming of the new crop of elephants with large tusks. The competition encouraged visitors to take footage of any elephant for submission and ended in 2009. The project is however still ongoing and footage submissions to the project carried on and all the twelve tuskers were named from those submissions.

“Elephant nominations were evaluated on its clarity, visibility of the animal and ivory, significant markings (e.g. ear notches), aesthetics, value to research and the information received”, concluded Redman.

The project committee included: Dr Ian Whyte (Retired Large Mammal Scientist), Mr Louis Olivier (Retired Regional Ranger), Mr Quintin Vermaak (SANParks Honorary Ranger – Bushveld Region), Ms Rosemary Hancock (SANParks Website Forum Representative), Mr Joe Nkuna (Section Ranger Mooiplaas), Mr Richard Sowry (Section Ranger Kingfisherspruit) and Ms Kirsty Redman (Interpretive Officer & Coordinator of the Emerging Tuskers Project); with the final decision on names and successful candidates being made by the Kruger National Park Management Committee.

Information relating to the emerging tuskers project including contact details to submit images is available from the Website

Those who would like to simply add their sightings to the database can submit images to For queries on identification or confirmation that a sighting qualifies as a tusker, one may submit the footage to


Pictures of the twelve new tuskers

(See more information on the new Tuskers on the attached fact sheet)

Issued by:
Communications & Marketing Department - Kruger National Park.

William Mabasa SANParks Acting Head of Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170/013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919

Reynold Thakhuli
GM: Media, PR and Stakeholder Relations - SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; cell: 073 373 4999

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