Last of the Big Tuskers

Director: James Currie
Country of Origin: United States

In December of 2013 the largest elephant in the world was seen for the last time. His name in Zulu was Isilo, which means “king of kings”. Conservationists searched months on end for his body until in late March of 2014 the carcass of the giant was found in the African bush, his magnificent nine-foot tusks GONE. Tom Mahamba was one of the last people to see Isilo alive in Tembe Elephant Park, the place he calls home on the South African side of the border with Mozambique.

A big tusker elephant is an elephant with at least one tusk weighing 100 pounds or more. Only 100 years ago, thousands roamed the wilds of Africa. Sadly today only 22 remain. Last of the Big Tuskers focuses on the last of these iconic animals and what is being done to keep them safe.

A life-long wildlife enthusiast and native of South Africa, James Currie is fast-becoming one of the most recognizable faces in birding and wildlife in North America. James hosts and produces the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, now in its 9th season and currently airing on Discovery Channel’s Destination America. He also hosted the popular action-birding show “Aerial Assassins” on National Geographic WILD, aired worldwide in 2012 and appeared as himself in the reality birding show, “Twitchers” that aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2014. He has led professional wildlife and birding tours for over 15 years and his passion for birding, adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe.

Producer: James Currie
Writer: James Currie
Writer: Ashley Smith
Key Cast: Tom Mahamba
Key Cast: Johan Marais
Key Cast: Richard Moller
Key Cast: James Currie