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Dzombo

The name “Dzombo” comes from the word “dzombolo” and means “to wait for something that is slow in coming”. Dzombo was the only one of the Magnificent Seven to be killed by poachers. He died at the age of 50 years in a hail of bullets from a Russian AK-47 assault rifle fired by a poacher from Mozambique in October 1985.

It was only a stroke of luck that his tusks were not taken. The culprits were in the act of chopping out the tusks when they were disturbed by the approach of one of the Kruger Park rangers. They fled, leaving their magnificent trophies behind.

This bull elephant lived in the area bounded by the Tsende, Letaba and Shingwedzi rivers. He was most frequently seen along the grassy vlei system of the Shawu Valley . Dzombo's tusks were the classic shape of the Kruger Park elephants – bowed and curved, tips pointing forward and slightly upwards. The two beautiful tusks were fairly well matched in weight, length and thickness.

Left tusk: Weight: 122 lb (55,5 kg), Length: 8 ft 4 in. (255 cm)
Right tusk : Weight: 125 lb (56,8 kg), Length: 7 ft 9 in. (237 cm)