In an effort to develop guidelines for paleoecological interpretations of mortality among extinct proboscideans, the author has been gathering data on demography of drought-killed elephants and those culled in Zimbabwe’s National Parks since 1981. Included here are preliminary figures on average ages of animals in cull and die-off samples as well as some preliminary information on age distributions. Culled elephants provide invaluable scientific data in addition to the revenue obtained from sale of elephant ivory, skin and meat.
Haynes, G. (1986). Taphonomic Studies of Elephant Mortality in Zimbabwe. Elephant, 2(2), 69-71. Doi: 10.22237/elephant/1521732007