Tusker Mabarule Dies

©Herbert Aichinger

Mabarule, a big elephant bull in the Kruger National Park has died.

Section Ranger Johnn Oelofse and his team found the carcass on November 11, 2004. They estimate he had been dead for four to six days.

The elephant was one of the 'new' heavy tuskers in the Park and had often been photographed at the Malopenyana windmills near the turn-off to the Makhadzi picnic spot north of Letaba.

©Johan Marais

Mabarule frequented the Mooiplaas section and was named after Johann Oelofse, bearing his Tsonga name, Mabarule, meaning 'Big Foot'.

It appears Mabarule died of natural causes.

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