Editor’s Note: On Friday we reach back into the Safari Club International archives and dust off a gem from the past. This week we follow Professional Hunters dealing with the power and determination of the largest land animal. This story first appeared in the January/February 1988 issue of Safari Magazine.
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.
It was April 2013 when my wife, Denise, and I stepped off the aircraft and onto the tarmac of the small Maun airport in Botswana; this was a dream about to come true. We were met by Ivan Carter’s always smiling face and our videographer, Andy McDonald, whom we had met several years before in Argentina. We Continue reading Elephants Up Close!→
In the 1970s and ’80s, when a massive wave of commercial poaching swept so much of Africa, the African elephant became a hot topic. The answer from the international community was to ban the commercial sale of elephant ivory. But the elephant was never endangered and the ban itself Continue reading The Right Elephant→