Weighing seven tons or more, the African elephant is the world’s largest land mammal. The elephant moves with surprising speed and stealth, and his grey skin is easily camouflaged in the bushveld. Despite its poor eyesight, the elephant finds protection from predators through its hearing and incredible sense of smell. Cows, calves, and young elephants usually herd together, while bulls often exist alone or in small groups of males. Both males and females can sport the tusks that are coveted by poachers, who represent the real danger to these animals. The funds generated through the hunting of mature male elephants are used to support anti-poaching efforts and other initiatives aimed at preserving the species.
Elephant hunting is highly demanding and requires a great deal of mental and physical endurance and stamina. Hunts are generally 10 to 20 days or more and require traveling great distances on foot. You’ll want to use the largest caliber rifle that you can handle—.40 or .50 caliber—with heavy solid-grain bullets. A knowledge of elephant anatomy and careful shot placement is key—a poorly placed shot will only provoke an elephant. These animals can be extremely dangerous and aggressive. They will and often do charge at hunters.
Elephant hunts are offered in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
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