FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas, home to one of the nation’s longest tenured and most recognizable live mascot programs, is celebrating the recent addition of Tusk V, the next in the line of Arkansas Razorback mascots.
Born Saturday, April 19 at the Stokes Family Farm in Dardanelle, Arkansas, Tusk V is the son of the current Arkansas Razorbacks’ live mascot, Tusk IV, a Russian boar which closely resembles the type of “wild band of razorback hogs,” first described by then Arkansas head football coach Hugo Bezdek in 1909. The following year, in 1910, University of Arkansas students voted to officially adopt the new nickname changing the mascot from the Cardinals to the Razorbacks.
Tusk V will take over official mascot duties in time for the 2019 Razorback Football season, after his father, Tusk IV, is scheduled to retire.
“This is big for the Tusk legacy,” said Keith Stokes. “I’ve been blessed to be involved with Tusk since the beginning and to have the next Tusk ready is awesome. We couldn’t be happier.”
Stokes said this was nearly a three year process to find a mate for Tusk IV.
Tusk I: Arkansas’ first live mascot, Tusk I was selected in 1997 and served as the Razorback mascot for eight years. After spending four football seasons at the Little Rock Zoo, Tusk I was moved to the Tyson Foods Farm in Springdale in 2001. In 2002, Tusk I became the father to Tusk II and passed away in 2004.
Career Record: 57-40
Tusk II: Born in 2002, served as the live mascot from 2005-2010.
Career Record: 35-27
Tusk III: Tusk III was the brother of Tusk II and both were second-generation Russian boars. Served for only one football season in 2010.
Career Record: 10-3
Tusk IV: The son of Tusk II, Tusk IV has been the live mascot since the 2011 season. Currently resides at the Stokes Family Farm in Dardanelle. 2018-19 will be his last season before entering retirement.
Career Record: 44-44