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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:48 pm

a very sad news, indeed :cry:
I had the pleasur to saw him several time and that will stay like one of a Kruger's icons, for me :wink:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Mant » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:51 am

Hi Aat,

That's ok. Don't worry.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:08 pm

Hi all,
I am leaving this weekend for a trip to Namibia for a month. :D :D
If I don't answer your question here you know why.... but I am sure 100ponder can help you very well with ID questions.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby RosemaryH » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:13 pm

That sounds like some trip Aat. Enjoy every moment and take care.
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:54 pm

Have a lovely trip, Aat, and don't expect to see tuskers in Etosha!
God bless,

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:53 pm

:yaya: enjoy, enjoy Aat :dance:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:22 am

Blast from the past :-

I have been going through my oldest TUSKER photos
and found the one below and remembered how exited
we were with his long thick tusks.

It was December 2005 and we were on our way to
Punda Maria in a convoy of four vehicles for a special
family holidy.

We found him at N'warihlangari waterhole and had
difficulty photographing him as he deliberately kept
hiding behind his four or five askaries.

I carefully went through Aat's TUSKERS OF AFRICA
pages for the Northern KNP section but with the
little detail on this photograph I could not make a
reliable ID.

Best I can do is that it might have been Mavatsani in
his younger days.

Mavatsani has a clean RH ear similar to this bull and
the basic form and apparent spread of this bull's tusk
are similar to Mavatsani.
[ Although notably shorter than what Mavatsani's tusks
are today.]

The area is also within Mavatsani's stomping grounds.

Will have to wait for Aat to comment after his return
from Namibia.

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PS :- I just noticed that this posting starts page 200 of this thread ! :D
It is just wonderful to see just how popular elephant and
especially BIG TUSKERS are and how many people participate
in the discussions of the biggest of the big. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Is this perhaps the most popular thread on this website ? :hmz:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:07 pm

On the 12th August 2013 our good friends Poenie and Selma Liebenberg were scanning the bush along the the Sabi River down stream from Skukuza.

After several game sightings which included a breeding heard of elephant they found this tusker on the far side of the river :-

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Scanning through the images of the Southern KNP section of Aat's TUSKERS OF AFRICA web site I could identify this bull as Muliluane - note the notch on the elephant's LH ear.

It is good to see this tusker has been seen again as the most recent photos on Aat's web site are from
August 2007 and one could easily have assumed that he has died because no-one has reported any
sightings of him.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:01 am

So Sorry to hear about Mac. He was the first Tusker (with tusks) that I ever saw and to this day I can remember the heart-stopping excitement as he slowly and steadily walked towards us through the filtered sunlight of the forest and then crossed right in front of us, disappearing into the bush on the other side of the road. What a beautiful elephant he was.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:21 pm

Biiiieeeeeg problem,

On http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/kruger/ ... s/past.php SANPARKS report Muliluane has died in 2007 ! !

Now what ? ? !

Is this a new find [ Muliluane's twin brother ? ] or is this Muliluane and the tusker that died in 2007
was mis-identified ?

Any-one out there that have detail of the SANPARKS listing of Muliluane having died ?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:08 pm

:hmz: Beeeeg problem, as you say. What I don't see in your pic, is the small round hole near the margin of the left ear below the square notch, which is clearly shown in the website pic. In the website pic, the left tusk looks a little longer but this could be the angle. Maybe it is his twin brother!

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:43 pm

Here are Pictures from one chap we met on 21.02.13 on the S90 between Bangu and Shitsalaleni

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Sorry but these are the only two pictures we got :?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:41 pm

Hi 100 ponder

I last saw Muliluane in December 2006/7? and he had fair sized tusks then already. In 7 years an old tusker should add many more kgs to his tusks -- could this perhaps be another tusker?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby RosemaryH » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:19 pm

I must admit 100pounder - "Poenie and Selma's tusker" and Muliluane do look very similar and I think Friedrich von Hörsten is right the tusks should have increased in size since 2007. Reading the info and report that you linked, SANParks seems pretty sure that it was Muliluane that had died. It will be interesting to hear what Aat's thoughts are on this, when he returns. It will be so exciting if you have unveiled a new tusker 100pounder :popcorn:

:thumbs_up: Handsome guy you met on the S90 Pumbaa :D
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:08 pm

Hi all,

Back from trip through Namibia. What a trip it was.... :) :) :) Waterberg Plateau , wonderful landscape and animals , seen a.o. Roan Antelope. Been to Etosha with great sightings of about 14 Black Rhino's and...even a rare white rhino, seen Lions with and without kills, Cheetah mother with 4 cubs, posing Cobra ready to spit at me... :big_eyes: , Eland antelopes , african wildcats, cheetahs , leopards etc.... been to Naukluft annd Namib desert with the amazing red dunes , we took a flight over the dunes with a small airplane up to the atlantic (most wonderful flight we ever had). Back in netherlands now, with cold and rain....brrrr ...bahhhhhh.

Ok, back to Big Tusker business: 100ponder , I think the big tusker at that picture is Nwashinangana. Area fits (he travels between southern kruger up to satara area, looking at his tusks, that matches too (thick) right one shorter and his left ear does match too, looking at some pics I have he develloped a bit bigger notch in the left ear, it's visible at the most recent pic on his page when I enlarge that original.

@ Pumbaa: I can't ID this one :( , is not known to me so far, will add the pics to database and see if more pics are of will come available.

I received several pictures of other tuskers so work to do coming weeks :wink: :wink:

Congrats to all of us with getting to page 200 (well noticed 100ponder :thumbs_up: )


Thread with most views and pages at Mammals , Big Tuskers got and still getting the attention they deserve !!


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