See What Happens to an Elephant After Elephant Hunting

The anti-hunting community would like you to believe the elephant is endangered and on the verge of extinction. Facts however paint a very different picture.
Elephant charge

There are in excess of 70,000 elephants in ONLY Zimbabwe today – nearly double the amount of elephants that the environment has the capacity to support, so elephant hunting is an important conservation tool.

Hunting of elephants by tourists is cost effective, profitable and easily monitored. The foreign hunter pays for all participation in the hunt, including government fees, and for taking the natural resource. A government representative is usually present. Animals are taken under a quota. The stakeholders in such an arrangement include the hunter, the professional hunter (guide), the regulatory agency (National Parks or Wildlife) and the people who live with the elephants (the community). Source:

When Elephant Hunting, NOTHING is Wasted!

Below is a pretty enlightening series of photos showing what happens to an elephant after all of the elephant hunting is over.
Once an elephant is shot, the meat is given to the local villagers.

  • It IS legal to hunt elephants in many African countries.
  • The meat is given to local people, it’s never wasted.
  • The money from hunting the elephant goes towards elephant conservation.

The elephant meat is given to the villages

The trophy fee on a elephant is quite expensive, more then any of the locals will make in a lifetime, so this system works out well for all involved.

The village butchering the elephant

Once an elephant is shot, the villagers just start to appear. Word gets out fast.

More villagers showing up to butcher the elephant

It is like a celebration when an elephant is killed, the entire village will join in.

The entire village will join in on butchering the elephant.

Every Scrap of meat is stripped from the bones

The natives cut all of the meat off the bone and take it to their village to eat. They don’t let anything go to waste.

Within hours there is nothing left of the elephant

The myth of the “elephant graveyard” began because nobody ever saw any dead ones lying about. Within hours, or at most a couple of days, a dead elephant will be completely gone.



    • Bonnie says

      Hey Justin, it’s Bonnie. Terry Holt’s oldest daughter. I’ve been doing a lot of research about elephants and I just so happen to come across your comment, anyway thought it was pretty cool. Hope all is well for you.

  1. says

    Elephants have more or less the same emotional aspects as we humans have, and a excellent memory. How can it possibly be legal to hunt elephants with this knowledge? The remaining elephants are left with great sorrows (as it is proved that elephants grieve over their lost ones) and traumatic memories. It is great that everything is used, especially if this covers most of the hunting in general, but still.. They can use another kind of animal – a animal that is not affected by the same emotional stress.

    • says

      oui Bamby aussi pleure! Si on ne valorise pas l’éléphant par la chasse , se qu’il rapporte aux villageois en protéine ,en moyens financier et en travail! Il reste juste les dégâts faits par lui, les morts fait par lui et l’argent que les braconniers ce font avec lui! Alors la raison fait que l’hypocrisie n’a pas sa place la… la zoolâtrie devra s’appliquer ailleurs ou elle fera encore beaucoup de dégâts!

    • JoeSnow says

      They aren’t allowed to hunt young,healthy animals only animals that are too old to breed. Those older animals eat the forage and contribute nothing to the continuation of the species. By culling the animals incapable of breeding, it helps to insure that there will be food for the remaining members of the herd. It is better for the survival of the species overall that these older animals be killed otherwise the rest could face starvation after all the forage is gone.

      • RR says

        That’s actually not true. The do hunt younger animals and their ugly money even buys them endangered species.

      • Sylv Taylor says

        The problem is that the older ones also are the ones who are obeyed by younger elephants, and who know all the feeding routes. When you cull the elders, you end up with a lot more unruly ones, especially young, aggressive males. And the remaining ones have less knowledge of which routes are best.

        They are extremely long-lived and social, so adults past breeding age are still valuable to the herd. The old females act as matriarchs, while the old males usually keep the young bulls in line. It’s fairly similar to a human tribal setup, or like gorillas, for the same reasons.

        That’s not to say that folks there can’t use the meat, but culling older animals causes more damage than you’d think.

    • François-Louis says

      En fait la question serrait, quel réaction aurait les chasseurs d’éléphant si demain un état légalisait la chasse a l’humain, et qu’un membre de leur famille, un ami, voir un de leurs enfants, devenait la cible d’un nouveau type de chasseur, l’humain non plus n’est pas en vois de disparition.

      Je n’aime pas les fou de dieux, mais je ne peu m’empêcher de faire un parallèle.
      il est des endroits sur terres ou certains hommes en tuent d’autres, pourquoi alors les traiter de terroristes, ils sont chez eux et ont déclarés la chasse a soldat légal.

      Je peu comprendre qu’on régule une population, même par la chasse, mais certains contournent les règles et et dans le cas du dentiste c’est pas la première fois, c’est un débile, et un menteur. Il c’est fait déjà prendre à mentir deux fois, et la c’est la troisième.

      Quant à la chasse pour réguler les populations elle doit s’efforcer de ne pas faire souffrir l’animal. et qu’elle profite aux populations locales sous contrôle.

    • says

      I wholeheartedly agree. I would like to have legitimate cause to inflict what I perceive unnecessary culling of such an intelligent species, and then have the audacity to revel in carving out their dollar parts. despicably disgusting!!

  2. says

    Eva-Lena – African residents (human and otherwise) typically don't have the luxury to choose what'll be on the menu for dinner. These creatures have to take what they can get, and cannot afford to pass up the opportunity to feast. Elephants are massive creatures that can provide sustenance to a large community.

    Keep in mind that African residents typically have a different perspective on life, death, and loss than most humans. In the last century alone there has been a near constant stream of war, famine, and rebellions in Africa.

    • JoeSnow says

      Yes, and elephants are only exotic to Westerners because we don’t have them roaming the streets here like they do in Africa and India. In those places, not only are they considered a food animal but they are also anywhere from a nuisance to a danger. They eat a lot of the plant life, leaving less for the natives and when they stampede they can be a deadly threat capable of wiping out entire villages. People here don;t think of those things because they are outside of our everyday experiences.

    • Mishqueen says

      …Did…you just call both the HUMANS and the elephants…’creatures’? …Both? What makes the African human residents merely ‘creatures’? Or would you call your western brethren creatures, or yourself and your family also? Have you ever casually referred to yourself that way?

      Do you fancy that you have compassion for the Africans? Not if you call them creatures, you don’t. That’s called pity, which requires you to look down to a lesser people from your better situation, not across the board as equals.

      • jos says

        we are all creatures… african, human, elephant, lion, mouse… creatures. And AFrica needs to get their shit together.

  3. says

    Cory Glauner Hunters are usually the people you see getting up to go to work, hunting takes money, food stamps not excepted (not intended to insult the unfortunate people that really need assistance), no money, no hunting, if I didn't hunt, several people in my family would have nothing to eat, the animals I harvest are divided up between family and friends who can't afford to hunt or to pay 5.00/lb for meat, if providing for my family and friends is a bad habit, then bad habits aren't as bad as we assume. Fend for youself

  4. Marty Johncox says

    Fascinating. As long as there are good regulations in place to promote sustainability, elephants should be hunted like any other animal. Nice to see the animal feeds so many people.

  5. says

    What crap you hunters speak! Let's go hunt your families and then let the cannibals finish them off and that is sustainable beause their bodies provided nourishment for them!

  6. says

    I'd rather hunt for my food than buy it at a store. For me, it feels more responsible. I agree with the overall sentiment, that sustainability and ethical hunting is of utmost importance.

  7. says

    Yea teach the poor people its okay to hunt elephants then who will regulate when a poor man wants to feed his family you have shown him the the way start killing elephants ….
    This must be stopped immediately …..
    There is no justification for the killing of elephants …..

    • Mike says

      You tree huggers are intolerable. What poor man can afford a two bore gin? Each flipping bullet costs $100.

      Also, you have never experienced hunger like these people. You’ve never had to look into your child’s face and tell him the elephant is more important than him, and he should find something else to eat. Get a freaking group on the real world dude. Civilization is a fallacy; we are all cavemen deep down. The only reason you are here today, able to talk trash, is that many of your ancestors were successful hunters who fed their families.

    • susan winchester says

      So very wrong….The older family members have the knowledge taught to them in times of drought etc not to mention the family dynamic of aunts cousins young bulls etc. This whole article is such bs………..the demand for ivory is decimating these animals ….watering holes being poisoned with cyanide and in Zim alone the loss of 300 from one waterhole alone! Almost wiped out in Tanzania not to mention central Africa Please educate yourselves!!

  8. says

    I'm a gape! Never would I have believed a whole elephant would be gone 'poof'. I do believe if they can be hunted, to feed people then nothing should go to waste. Including the ivory. Thank you for the interesting information.

  9. says

    "Nothing is wasted" you say. A beautiful and highly intelligent animal's life was wasted. Why can't people grow gardens instead? Where grass and trees can grow there are ways to garden. That's where the efforts should be focused. Population control should be focused on the humans who encroach upon land where the animals have always lived, not on the animals.

    • Me says

      Wow! You value an animal’s life more than human life? So you’re saying if one of these huge animals is stampeding toward you, we should just let it go and…oops you are road kill. AND you are saying if your child were starving and had to have food that you would just let him/her starve to death to save the life of this elephant? Not only do the elephants serve as a life source for these people, the money that hunters pay to hunt them help their economy! Oh wait…I bet you think we should take care of them with OUR resources. Socialism…that’s the way to go. It has worked so well for others throughout history. (100% sarcasm)

  10. Alef Perez says

    Usually a hunter pays $16000 to $45000 to culled an elephant monies that also go to villages in the area , the animal right left wing big mouths , use pics of dead elephants to say this is an abuse , yet they provide no monies to villagers in Africa or meat for their belly.

    • susan winchester says

      Wrong! More money is raised by private organisations and tourism than is generated by the hunting fraternity. Easy to look that stat up……………

  11. says

    Elephants are endangered, people. There are other ways to feed people. What do I think? I think killing endangered species is criminal regardless of how "responsibly" you dispense the spoils.

    • Aldo van Reenen says

      Elephants are definately not endangered in southern africa! Get your facts straight before you fall over your own ignorance!

      • susan winchester says

        SA has just had it’s first incident of poaching of an elephant!! They cannot control the poaching of their rhino – and who do you think is going to be providing elephant families for reintroduction to the rest of Africa like they are with their lions, rhino’s etc??

      • brainpower says

        Some people live in Disneyland and nothing will convince them to leave it for the real world. Some vegan guru or animal right’s guru once said that elephants are an endangered species and therefore elephants are an endangered species. Full stop.

  12. Brian Falk says

    You are an idiot. How do you think these people survive? Pretty sure they can't just go down to their local walmart and pick up some mess produced garbage America calls food hop in the mini van and go back home.

  13. says

    they are not endangered everywhere and are legal to hunt. Also the money hunters spend for one of these hunts brings a much needed boost to the local economy. But antis will just be stubborn no matter what the facts

  14. Vicky Storey says

    That us terrible. The people aren't allowed to hunt to feed there families, but somebody who has a lot of money can come in and do it, so there dependent on a rich guy to kill one, so they can eat. Why can't they take the monies they get from the " legal" kill and buy a herd of cattle do they can eat all the time. That would help the people more than killing those poor elephant and trying to make it sound honorable by saying there feeding the poor. Just a thought.

    • Ernst says

      It is not that easy. In most conservation/hunting areas in Southern Africa it is almost impossible to breed with livestock by villagers. Firstly predators will catch your livestock and secondly most live stock will die because of tsetse fly bites.

  15. Matthew Schneider says

    a place where breeding should DEFINITELY slow down, so many starving people, easiest solution is to control breeding. Until that happens, people have to eat, imagine how many people an elephant feeds.

  16. Christina Miller Mader says

    Poor elephants. I'm sure there are other things for the villagers to eat. They're like a bunch of vultures. So barbaric. At least I hope they give some meat to those dogs in the pictures. Looks like they're starving to death.

  17. says

    Haha! I read some of the comments to the article & had to refrain from commenting! The one lady said it was horrible to kill the elephant, they should grow gardens instead! LOL I wanted to ask her if she had looked at the pictures! Doesn't look like much edible vegetation would be real possible to me!

  18. says

    If human beings are the only species to survive, the starving natives will have to justify having to eat you and me in order to survive. Besides, can you imagine a world with only people.
    Better take care of this Earth, because it's the only known world that we can live .

    • says

      Now that I can grasp. I am slowly realizing that hunger is #1 and in order to prolong life and the people who depend on elephants to provide their sustenance, (without the trophies) is all about survival…something we North Americans really don’t understand.

  19. says

    boy whit that kind of logic we must kill more elephants ,so more villager's can eat ,aren't we such great humanitarians and we get to keep the ivory, a win / win world !!!!!!!!!!!

  20. says

    An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. Thats not counting the "legal" hunting.. In 2013 poaching rates are continuing to rise, threatening the future of African elephants across the continent. This is NOT sustainable. Gestation in elephants typically lasts around two years with intervals usually lasting four to five years… with the loss of 100+ a day.. they will not be around very long… I agree with Kat Hay.. Killing endangered species is criminal regardless of how "responsibly" you dispense the spoils.

  21. Anonymous says

    On a continent where people starve to death on a regular basis, you begrudge them this? I think you failed to see that this isn't the people of africa hunting elephants for food, this is people utilising a food source that would have otherwise gone to waste. Maybe you didn't read this properly, the elephants are hunted for the ivory, the villagers turn up to reap the spoils rather than see them rot in the sun… Also 'there are other ways to feed people'? you're seriously using that as an arguement when talking about poverty-stricken Africa? Weak man..

  22. says

    @kat Hay, your absolutely mis informed! Elephants are not endangered in Africa!
    if they were not managed like this, they would literally eat the place down and die off! that's a fact, not to mention the economic benefit they create from the hunters that come to hunt them!

  23. says

    It's funny to me how the people who are against big game hunting give absolutely nothing to the cause and are truly clueless as to how it all works. Without legit elephant hunters there would be no support for the elephants. Without their money the elephants would be left poachers.

    • S says

      So on one side we have westerners coming to kill elephants amd on the other poachers coming to kill them. What is the difference?

  24. says

    Benjamin Delrio Elephants – and many other species – are going extinct because of human impact. Stop being so insensitive. Would you be expecting any sensitivity to your premature and unnecessary death?

  25. says

    Kat Hay Elephants aren't going extinct anytime soon. In fact there are more elephants than there were a hundred years ago. WWF themselves estimated that the population size of African elephants was around 700,000. That's more elephants than there are in my city.

    Did you know WWF themselves supports the hunting of elephants for conservation purposes. It's actually much more effective in raising money for building national parks; to make sure many other endangered animals have a much wider range of protection. The reason why it's better than donating is because you have more incentive to give money and your also subjected to pay a $5000 fee. Not only that, but the ivory from the tusks is sold to make even more money for conserving wildlife!

    Now I know enough about elephants to understand that they are intelligent sensitive creatures who actually visit the corpse of their dead sibling every now and then to grieve, but the elephants that are hunted are old males that live on their own. Ones that have already inseminated a female which can give birth to maintain population. So nothing is truly affected.

    I'm pleased to hear that you care so much about nature and are willing to criticize someone for killing elephants but you're really just hurting honest people who are trying to help more than harm. I think you should use all this energy you're putting out to good use. You could donate money to save the Javan rhino. There are only about 50 left in the wild in a tiny forest on the west of the javan island. I can tell you're a passionate person and I think you would do great things if you put that negative energy to good use :) Sorry for lashing out at you earlier.

    • Chibs says

      good contribution to the conversation. If the elephant population, in this case density, is not controlled other animals/plants will suffer.

      • S says

        Sorry but that’s not actually correct. The wwf only supports hunting in very limited contexts and in very rare cases. If you want to cite your source on your BS please feel free to do so, but their own website disagrees with you.

    • says

      Yes. In some places they are. Ironically, those places are typically the ones where hunting was banned and hence there was no monetary value for the elephants other than their ivory. So, poaching becomes rampant and… they become endangered. It has happened time and time again, and still people refuse to learn from history.

  26. says

    Elephants have feeling, mourn loss and do have graveyard! They even paint self portraits and murder people because they are people and remember seeing elephants slaughtered by them. This is not education, this is wrong and should be done with, we are already loosing the tiger. Greed is the only reason these animals are destroyed.

  27. William Hannah says

    Benjamin Delrio you may support what you said well, but your comment: "Shit dies everyday. Stop being so sensitive." Shows your real mentality. I would have probably agreed with you, had you not said that like a toddler.

  28. James Kipterem says

    This is a new way of second colonization. Western countries should stop colonizing us indirectly through our wildlife.

  29. Andrew Wildman says

    “nearly double the amount of elephants that the environment has the capacity to support, so elephant hunting is an important ” and also more humans that the world can support so when are they going to be culled. in the interests of conservation?

  30. jack says

    Thats what happens when all the farmers who used to grow and cultivate food are murdered and pushed of the land. That is the truth….

  31. says

    That is by design. They are over populated, so they are trying to bring the population down to a level which the environment can support and they they'll reduce the number that hunters are allowed to take, when you think about it 96 out of 70,000 will take a while to make any sort of impact. When they reach a environmentally sustainable level, they change the number that can be taken a year to allow the population to neither grow or shrink so that way they thrive better, it actually helps the animal, just like the same process helps every other animal on the planet.

  32. says

    They actually do it because they care. Hunters care more for animals and their populations than 99% of animal rights activists such as yourself. Taking these elephants lives is a good thing, and heres why. If you allow their population to stay at the level that it is, then theyll begin to run out of resoources because there is only enough to support a certain number, so going over that number will start to cause disease and famine among the animals, which is far worse for them as a whole than a few of the oldest ones that really dont serve much of a purpose to the population anymore. They've already reproduced as much as they can, they're too old to compete to lead any of the small groups, and they spend pretty much all there time alone just waiting to die, and so those are the ones legal hunters take, and then the people in communities around them benefit in the form of much needed food, and all monetary gains go towards funds set up to help stop the poachers and ivory hunters, and protect the ones that still serve a purpose to the animal population. This process helps a whole lot more than it does any harm.

    • S says

      The money actually goes right into the hands of corrupt government officials and western hunting safari guide companies. There is little to no evidence it goes to actual conservation. And dollar per dollar ecotourism provides more to local communities and has provided more land to game reserves. So cut the justification for sociopathy.

  33. says

    They actually do it because they care. Hunters care more for animals and their populations than 99% of animal rights activists such as yourself. Taking these elephants lives is a good thing, and heres why. If you allow their population to stay at the level that it is, then theyll begin to run out of resoources because there is only enough to support a certain number, so going over that number will start to cause disease and famine among the animals, which is far worse for them as a whole than a few of the oldest ones that really dont serve much of a purpose to the population anymore. They've already reproduced as much as they can, they're too old to compete to lead any of the small groups, and they spend pretty much all there time alone just waiting to die, and so those are the ones legal hunters take, and then the people in communities around them benefit in the form of much needed food, and all monetary gains go towards funds set up to help stop the poachers and ivory hunters, and protect the ones that still serve a purpose to the animal population. This process helps a whole lot more than it does any harm.

  34. says

    Exactly,I dont see Zimbabweans any richer from this practise,and that there is an over population of elephants impossible,impossible,the elephants in the Knysna area of SA did become extinct hunting,elephants do not breed at a rapid rate like mice, rabbits,or hamsters

  35. says

    Benjamin Delrio They not going extinct soon,do you live in Africa?sure as hell they become extinct,in the one area,they did become extinct,and then protection laws came into effect

  36. says

    Elephants are highly intelligent, and are being terrorized by modern hunting practices. No place is safe, no lace to run, and no place to hide. They are constantly being badgered within stamp-size game parks. Perhaps they should be culled due to shrinking habitat, but IT IS BARBARIC. Maybe sterilize a few, but murder (with all the elephants watching)?? It is NOT Africa 1950. The villagers are being opportunistic, and do NOT require elephant meat.

  37. emily says

    omg you have to have a seriously low IQ to believe elephants are on the verge of extinction. One 96 elephants are killed everyday due to dumb fucks like you. It takes 2 years for an elephant to have a baby and they typically only have one at a time. Do the math you degenerate redneck inbreads. I wish you were the one’s going extinct. Lick my fucking asshole you pieces of shit. You’re worthless to this world

  38. emily says

    It takes a seriously unintelligent person to argue elephants aren’t on the brink of extinction. It’s mind-blowing what hunters will lie to themselves about. Any 1st grader knows, that if you subtract a number from another number, the number goes down, not up.

  39. Samantha says

    If all this was fact then I could understand it, the fact these hunters take trophy photos is sickening! And proves the respect they had for the beautiful animal, and the money doesn’t go into the communities that need it, it goes to the greedy officials. FACT! And these hunters don’t just pay to kill elephants, but other endangered animals, for their trophy photos. I wonder how many treasure those photos now that so many are being made public!

  40. Jon D. Kelley says

    Some things never change – John “Pondoro” Taylor detailed much the same thing happening in his _African Rifles and Cartridges_ in the 1940s. Almost a “carnival” atmosphere around an elephant carcass.

    Just like when anything else gets hunted – the locals come out of the ground to get a chunk. Nothing dies of old age in the African wild. Nothing killed in the African wild gets wasted.

    But, that’s what the bunny-huggers never bother to find out – African hunt trips are not only resource /management/ tools, but are also resource /provision/ tools for the local villagers!

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