Along with Yvonne, Save The Elephants have collated a bull named Gower on 3rd February 2011. He was first collared in October 2006 with funds from the Phyllis Gower Trust administered by WESSA. Gower was firstly sighted in December 2003, and thereafter in May 2004. When sighted again in February 2006, he had broken his left tusk. In November 2007 it was discovered that he had broken his right tusk as well. When in musth (a periodic condition in bull elephants, characterised by highly aggressive behaviour), Gower is a quite a character to contend with, so it is very likely that he possibly lost his weapons of rivalry while in musth.
Save the Elephants works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. Elephant Gin highly applauds Save The Elephant’s work!
Photo and text credit: Michelle Henley / Save The Elephants