Hunter Kills Elephant Seen as Africa's Biggest, Telegraph Says

  • Elephant considered among largest killed in Africa in 30 years
  • Unidentified German hunter paid $60,000 for shooting permit

A German hunter shot dead an elephant that’s believed to be among the biggest killed in Africa in almost three decades, the Telegraph reported.

The hunter killed the pachyderm, thought to be 40 to 60 years old, on Oct. 8 during a 21-day hunting trip in a private hunting concession bordering the Gonarezhou National Park in southern Zimbabwe, the London-based Telegraph reported. He paid $60,000 for a permit to shoot a large bull elephant. The newspaper didn’t identify him.

The animal’s death comes almost three months after that of Cecil the Lion, whose killing in July by American dentist Walter Palmer in an illegal hunt sparked an international outcry that led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to start an investigation. It also prompted some animal-rights activists to renew their calls for an end to trophy hunting.

A photograph taken just after the elephant’s shooting shows its tusks weighed about 120 pounds, confirming the animal’s “exceptional nature,” the Telegraph reported.

Poachers killed 26 elephants using cyanide at two locations within Hwange, Zimbabwe’s biggest game reserve, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Chairman Alvin Ncube said Oct. 15. In August, the southern African nation lifted a hunting ban on elephants and lions, put in place after Cecil’s killing.

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