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©Dex Kotze

“I feel a strong sense of connection to the big Tuskers, and made my way to Tsavo National Park in 2016 to spend a week with some of these exceptional, majestic elephant bulls that still survive in Africa. Finding them was not easy, but searching for 11 hours a day eventually ensured success and I was exceptionally lucky to closely observe three of the remaining approximately 25 Tuskers on the continent. Luck was on my side, and I had daily sightings of Satao 2, watching him for hours, flanked by another large bull that seemed so small alongside him in the dry savannah. Drinking at waterholes amongst the herd, he commanded complete respect from all the other elephants. His towering presence will remain with me forever, vividly etched into my memories. His death is another immeasurable loss to the big elephant gene pool, and of course to Kenya’s tourism industry. Now, more than ever, the last remaining Tuskers need presidential protection.”

 

Dex Kotze

Businessman, conservation activist and fundraiser