Ultimately Tangarira and Tapiwa mated for life, having two children together.
That is, until Tapiwa was killed by poachers in 2007. "At that time she had a very small baby boy, who was called Tinashe. He was so small that we had to get in the wildlife team and have him darted ... He did not leave his mother's carcass and would have surely died," Strydom said.
Years later, Tangarira mated again. His daughter, named Tafara (meaning "We Are happy"), is now 3 years old.
Strydom said that he had no indication Tangarira was being targeted by poachers: "Nothing untoward was expected before he was found early Saturday morning. The shot that killed him was not heard, and he was found in a very rocky area where it was hard to find tracks, and where the bush had previously been burnt out by poachers."
In an ironic twist, Tangarira was set to be dehorned on September 14, as a deterrent to him being poached. Permits were delayed, says Strydom, and there is speculation that the killing was an inside job. A number of men were eventually arrested for Tangarira's killing, but were released on a measly $100 bail each.