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 Post subject: White Kudu Bull
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:55 pm 
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Hi Mafortini

I am glad to see that some one else has taken a photo of the white kudu bull. I thought that it was only Bucky and me that saw him. :D

Your photo shows the kudu when he was much younger. May be one year old? You can see that he was already a beautiful animal and the photo is really a memento that very view people have.

I love the photo. Have a look at the tail and you will see that it is the same animal.

Lets see if anybody else have a photo of him.

Did you see the elephant that leaded the Buffalo's with your visit? At that stage it was big news.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:28 am 
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Yes, I remember the elephant/buffalo story very well.

As a teenager I was visiting with my parents and we saw a herd of buffalo near Skukuza. As they crossed the road we saw that there was a young elephant with them - it was only about the same height as the buffalo and easy to miss.

We reported the sighting to officials but they initially scoffed at the idea of an elephant teaming up with the buffalo, saying that it was just a coincidence.

It was some time later when the article was published in the Custos magazine.


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Yes, I remember the elephant/buffalo story very well.

:huh: Care to enlighten a non-Saffie?

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If I remember correctly, this young elephant was orphaned and tagged along with the buffalo herd, who, for some reason, obviouly accepted it as one of their own - when we saw it, it was right in amongst them.

As the elephant grew up, it apparently became the leader of the herd (presumably because of its size?). I don't know what happened to it in later years, though. Maybe it left when it reached maturity? (How do you sneak off and leave a herd of buffalo behind, though?)


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 Post subject: Elephant/buffalo - buffaphant
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:39 pm 
Mafortini is absolutely right.

The elephant assumed "leadership" of the buffalo herd, even chasing away lions and being aggressive towards tourists at the herd.

It was picked up every year during the annual photographic air-census (done for buffs and elephants only) and even collared at one stage, if I remember correctly!

It was a bull and eventually disappeared when it reached maturity, presumably going after more urgent business.

It was a big story in the 80's, and as Pieter says, it would be wonderful if someone could scan old CUSTOS articles for the forum. In fact, CUSTOS was the Forum in those days!

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There was a story not so long ago, certainly since the start of the forum, of an albino elephant calf. I'm not sure, but for some reason I think it may have been in the Crocodile Bridge area. A ranger was monitoring it, though I don't think there had been any tourist sightings. Anyone know if its still alive?

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Lovely pic , so if it was around 1 in 84 , it could easily have been around all the way into the early 90's .

As for the ellie , yup the easy way to attract a young ellie bull away from his herd of buffalo - a sexy young ellie chick giving off all the right signals :lol: .

It was a very interesting story that , I remember it well .


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The East Cape Kudu....King of the Valley Bushveld, always alert, always graceful.

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In the last half of the year last year I was able to approach Kudu in Addo quite easily. This year however it is a different story and they run even if a very slow approach is made even with the engine off going downhill. It will soon be calving season and most Kudu Cows are heavily pregnant. Could this time of the year then be the reason for their skittish nervous behaviour. I had my work cut out yesterday trying to get close to these beautiful animals and all I got was the odd inquisitive look back over the shoulder after moving briskly off the road at the approach of my car.
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Your Kudu pics are brilliant Boulder and yes when I compare your Kudu's with our Reddeers, the reaction about their skittish nervous behaviour is about the same.They know that something important is going to begin so they want their rest. :wink:


Thanks Nico, but maybe my having a hard time now will be rewarded in the next few weeks when the babies come.....all knees and BIG ears!!! they will make great photographic subjects....animal behaviour fascinates me big time.

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Kudus are so beautiful.

In Addo we saw quite a few of them.
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On one occasion three female Kudus wanted to cross the road , suddenly they started to run and one of them leaped over the street jumping unbelievably high. She could have easily jumped over the car. :shock: That was so impressing we couldn't even take a photo. :lol:

We met these males at Biyamiti weir.
They are such elegant animals.
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Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:27 pm 
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Wow, Katy that is pretty high! What car do you have?

Nice shots!

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What beautiful pics Katy, I just love their enquiring looks. :D

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Thank you WAC and Elsa !

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We juast had a small car then I think I can remember that it was a VW Polo.
But the power of that jump was impressive.

@ Elsa
They are really elegant and as it seems always curious about these ''funny animals without fur in cans'' .
It must be weired for them to see humans in cars. As least that's what their faces seem to tell. :lol:

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I just love the way the colours of the Kudu match the colour of the flowers. Picture taken by my son when we were in Addo in January.

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