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.

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.

  • No protein ever goes to waste in Africa.
  • Several of the ivory hunters who wrote books commented on how quickly the meat was used, and on how villagers would scavenge and boil the green meat from carrion days old if they found it.

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.

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    • 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.

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