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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:37 pm

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First one unknown to me , but second one (Tropic of Capricorn) is NWAMBU to my opinion. The notch in the right ear is visible. Tusk length and shape are same as some pics I have of him.

I thought these two were reasonable tuskers. Are they familiar?

Saw this one just south of Shimuwini. He has a distinct "floppy" right ear.


And this one we saw on the Tropic of Capricorn.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:49 pm

Hello wildtuinman,

The floppy ear tusker you show above is 99% sure to be the same one I posted on p170 of this thread.

Note the small rectangular notch on the bottom of the floppy ear as well as the tiny notch further
back [ lower on a normal ear ].

Your photo also show a longer left tusk similar to my photos.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby wildtuinman » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:58 am

100 ponder, that is for sure the same elephant, how interesting!

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby wildtuinman » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:06 am

Here is another one seen at Bowkerskop. It sports with only one tusk on the right hand side. Seen on 07/07/2012.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:35 am

Hi Wildtuinman,

I am convinced the Bowkerskop tusker is Murhumbini.

The area is correct, the tusk length and curve is correct
and the little splinter off the top side of the tusk is
similar to photo 2 & 5 on page one of Murhumbini on Aat's
website.

It is good to see the recognized tuskers are being seen
quite often these days.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:57 am

Hi all,

A few observations on wildtuinman's 2nd photo of Marhumbini :-

The askari in the foreground is approx 15 - 20 years old and Marhumbini approx 45.

Compare the right front foot of the young askari to Marhumbini's right front foot - Marhumbini's
front foot is really massive !

Note that the young askari is standing on slightly higher ground than Marhumbini but Marhumbini's
shoulders are still higher than the askari's.

Note that Marhubini's body length from base of tail to base of trunk is notably longer than the
askari's body.

In view of the fact that all bull elephants start of with thin "tooth pick" tusks, the remaining part
of Murhambini's tusk indicates that he had already worn off and length of tusk equal to the young
askari's tusk.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:00 pm

100ponder and wildtuinman,

Next to all comments and ID info I miss something where Marhumbini is easy to ID / recognize... :whistle: :whistle:

Look the lower part of his trunk and you can see the injuries he might has for many years now.
Probably caused by a crocodile when Marhumbini was young.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby arks » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:17 pm

Not sure whether this bull qualifies as a tusker or even an emerging tusker. His tusks are quite thick but not all that long :hmz: I saw him along the H1-8 between 1-2Kms south of the Klopperfontein turnoff on 16 April 2012. He was accompanied by 5 askaris.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby vinkie » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:32 pm

This Tusker with huge tusks has just been seen at Orpen Waterhole :shock: ....does anyone know his name? :hmz:

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It looks like a STE collared one :dance: ....you can see the transmitter on the second picture.....So Aat must be able to find out who this is...... :mrgreen:

Could it be MAC? :hmz:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:00 am

100ponder and Aat, your knowledge and interest in these Tuskers are phenomenal! :clap: Great work guys, this is fascinating stuff. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:26 am

Agreed WTM

I spent the weekend going through some of the Tusker pics I took in Mopani, and referencing Aat's website.

Here I came across one of Marhumbini, if I am not mistaken?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:50 am

Hi arks,

You have seen the recently named tusker Mashikiri.
[ Very good photos ! ]

The large "keyhole" notch in his left ear is his most prominent ID.

Your photos also give a good illustration of how thick his tusks are.

On Aat's website page http://www.tuskersofafrica.com/tuskersnp/mashikiri.htm
you will see him at Klopperfontein and also in the mopani closer to Pundamaria.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:01 pm

Hi DotDan,

You are correct with your ID - it is Murhumbini.

Your photo show the damage to his trunk tip can be seen clearly.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby arks » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:10 pm

100ponder wrote:You have seen the recently named tusker Mashikiri.

Thanks, 100pounder, his tusks do look longer in the pix (yours?) on Aat's website. Must be the different angle of the photos? I don't have any of him from the side, he was always facing me :D

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:00 pm

We came across this guy between Mopani and Letaba on 11/07/2012.
Not entirely sure if he is big enough though.

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