was named after the Shawu Valley in which he spent much of his life.
He was a fairly approachable animal and showed no particular fear
or distrust of vehicles.
Shawu was a large bull having a shoulder height of 11ft 2 in (340
cm). His left tusk stretched an incredible 10 ft 5 in (317 cm) from
base to tip. In life it curled away from his face in a wide sweep
of ivory which then curved inwards and crossed his face below the
tip of the right tusk to form a huge pair of pincers. The left tusk
of Shawu is the longest tusk on record from the Kruger National Park
and one of the six longest ever to come out of Africa. The right tusk
measured 10 ft (305 cm) in length. This pair of tusks ranks among
the longest pairs in the Rowland Ward’s Records of Big Game. While
impressively long, these tusks were not very heavy.