When thoughts turn to hunting Africa, one of the indisputable images that comes to mind is invariably one of a charging elephant with ears flaring and trumpeting his rage at being disturbed. While the lion has been called the king of beasts, it is the elephant that rules the African veldt. Modern management techniques and sound biological science, keep populations in many African nations at huntable numbers, but poaching and well intentioned mismanagement still pose a threat. Here are the SCI Record Book Top Ten African Elephant entries.
#2 (no image) Roberto de Cesare scored the number 2 elephant near the Akobo River, Ethiopia in 1986. Guided by Nassos Roussos, the tusks weighed 288 lbs.
#3 (no Image) Jan Schalling took the number three elephant in 1978 in Haute Ouboume, C.A.R. with the help of Luis Lopes da Silva. The tusks weighed 286 lbs.
#1 Marc Pechenart holds the number one spot with this 302 pounder taken in Mbomou, C.A.R. in 1970.
#4 Ray G. Petty bagged this nice set of tusks in 1986 near Gambella, Ethiopia with Tom Mattanovich guiding. They weighed in at 282 1/2 lbs.
#5 was taken with a bow and arrow by Robert Eastman in 1975 in Mucusso, Angola. Robert was guided by Angola Safaris and the tusks weighed 270 lbs.
#6 Marc Pechenart bagged this tusker in 1978 in Mbombou, C.A.R. It scored at 265.
#7 Helmut Seilstorfer took this big bull with the help of guide Tom Mattanovich in the Goderre Region of Ethiopia in 1989. The tusks weighed 258 1/2 pounds.
#8 belongs to Marc Pechenart who bagged this 248 pounder in 1972 near Mbomou, C.A.R.
#9 Taken by Watson Yoshimoto in 1965, this bull’s tusks weighed in at 245 lbs. Bill Jenvy was the guide.
#10 John Fritze took this elephant in 1986 with Nassos Roussos near Ilubabor, Ethiopia. Combined tusk weight was 244 lbs.