Journal of the African Elephant, African Rhino and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups

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No 58 (2017): July 2016-June 2017

Cover Page
The Godfather, a dominant bull elephant commanded a small waterhole, keeping it all for himself for over an hour, while smaller and younger bulls waited their turn in the shade of wide-spreading acacia trees, or even the sun. All bulls around about respected and acknowledged him as their leader. This emerging "big tusker' is part of the last viable "big tusker" gene pool in African savanna elephants. Should he survive, in some 5-10 years from now he may become one of the finest elephants with tusks-to-the-ground left on the African continent.

Photograph by George Dian Balan (c)