“He has been breaching fences to try and get into the area where he’s used for so long, and … we’ve just come out of one of the worst droughts in the area in decades, and there’s a massive massive dam in this area that he and the other elephants have been excluded from,” Delsink said. “He’s just doing what’s biologically hard-wired in him to do, and that’s to go back to his original home range, and also to visit constant water sources throughout the year.”
With Riff Raff breaking through fences, he’s now been deemed a “problem animal,” and this puts him into a lot of danger. Each year, about 20 to 25 permits are issued to “destroy” animals who create damage to property or cause other issues, Delsink explained. It’s also possible that a trophy hunting permit will be issued so a hunter can shoot Riff Raff for sport.