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Famous Akagera elephant dead

Akagera National Park on Thursday announced the death of their most recognised elephant, Mutware.

According to the park officials, Mutware loosely translated as ‘Chief’ died of natural causes, he was one of the oldest elephants in Akagera as he was 48 years old.

Mutware was easily recognisable to those who knew him as he had broken his tusks years ago.

“It is with sadness that we announce that Mutware, Akagera’s most well-known elephant, has died. In his last years Mutware would spend most of his time at the very southern tip of Lake Ihema, often in the water, only traveling through the park once a year for a few weeks at a time,” the statement from Akagera National Park read in part

Mutware was one of the original 26 young elephants, who were all under the age of eight years, brought to Akagera from Bugesera in 1975.

It is said that hemiraculously survived the loss of his tusks at the hands of poachers in 1994 as the battle raged to liberate the country from the genocidaires.

Though he was well known and adored by Rwandans who visited the park, Mutware was before the fencing of Akagera National Park infamous for escaping the game park and destroying property of people who lived next to the game park.

The Express News

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