Kenya Loses Another Iconic Elephant Nicknamed 'Lugard'
Maureen Njeri, Kenyans.co.ke
November 24, 2022
A male elephant nicknamed Lugard passed away weeks after the death of
another iconic female one, Dida.
The iconic elephant died of old age, according to an announcement made by
the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Thursday, November 24.
"It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of Tsavo’s iconic and
majestic Super Tuskers named Lugard," KWS stated.
Lugard, one of Kenya's Super Tuskers, reportedly died on November 21, 2022,
at the Tsavo West National Park.
While making his rounds around the park, conservation officer and pilot,
Joseph Kimaile of the Tsavo Trust, discovered Lugard's three-day-old
"There is no doubt that Lugard is the father of numerous elephants of
various ages, and several of his offspring will likely become Super Tuskers
in the future because his rare "large tusk" genes have been passed on and
secured in the Tsavo ecosystem.
"Nevertheless, it is always sad to lose an elephant, let alone a Super
Tusker," KWS stated.
Upon discovery of the carcass, KWS and Tsavo Trust instantly launched an
emergency ground response team to verify the incident.
Both tusks were intact and subsequently recovered, prompting the team to
ascertain that it died of old age. The park authorities were worried that
poachers may have struck and robbed the mammal of the much sought-after
"You will be greatly missed, Lugard," KWS added.
Notably, in liaison with the Tsavo Trust, KWS launched the Tsavo 'Big
Tusker Project' ten years ago with the goal of providing more security to
the legendary Tuskers.
According to the former Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, about 179
elephants died in 2021 due to drought.
Balala blamed the low rainfall and the scorching sun that dried out all the
"We are rushing to build water pans in our parks including Tsavo which is
most affected," Balala announced.