"Sound conservation practices within Kruger have meant that they still have some of the remaining large tuskers left in Africa," she says. "However, lack of stringent hunting protocols when these animals leave our national parks make them extremely vulnerable."
Meanwhile, Vuik says "the killing of every big tusker is a tragedy."
Due to genetics, the offspring of big tuskers, he explains, have a greater chance of developing into big tuskers themselves.
Unfortunately, he says, "most of the midsized and big tuskers have been shot or poached. No big tuskers. No genes. No next generation of tuskers."
Some measures have been taken to protect the last great tuskers. The Tsavo Trust, for example, has a program specifically to save the remaining 12 great tuskers in the Tsavo region in Kenya, called The Big Tusker Project.
Another example, although from way back when, is Ahmed, a majestic tusker who lived in Kenya in the 1960s and 1970s. As John Heminway, the chairman for WildlifeDirect, wrote in a 2014 opinion piece in National Geographic, soon after the murder of Satao, another great tusker, "Legends surrounded Ahmed. One was that his tusks were so long that he could go up a hill only by walking backwards. No one ever proved this tall tale, but images were taken of him resting his head on his tusks."