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Liesel Mulder's Special Elephant sightings. KNP, Apr. '06

Unread postby Liesel Mulder » Wed May 03, 2006 1:04 pm

Hi everyone
This is my first post on the forum.
Just back from 5 glorious days in Kruger (Shingwedzi via Pafuri & Olifants). Had good sightings of 2 of Krugers new big "tuskers". "Magagadzi" near Shingwedzi & "Nhlanguleni" near Letaba. Both bulls had to lift their heads in order to walk & keep their tusks off the ground, looked quite uncomfortable actually. To be in their presence was absolutely magnificent... :D

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Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 03, 2006 1:17 pm

You're lucky seeing 2 of them! :mrgreen:
Did you make (good) pictures of them? Because if you did we are interested in seeing them, and you can enter them in this competition!

1st prize

Elephant Research Trip


The unique opportunity to join the Kruger National Park's elephant scientist, Dr Ian Whyte, on one of his research trips within the park. Includes:

- 2 nights accommodation for 2 people at the KNP camp nearest to the research location
- 2 people to accompany the research team in a helicopter while darting and collaring an elephant
Arriving currently: The photos from our trip! Overhere! :yaya:

Feel free to use any of these additional letters to correct the spelling of words found in the above post: a-e-t-n-d-i-o-s-m-l-u-y-h-c

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Elepahnt sightings

Unread postby Liesel Mulder » Wed May 03, 2006 4:11 pm

OOOPS :redface:
Second elephant is called "Nhlaganini".
Unfortunately no pics, to my BIG disappointment :wall:
Our sighting of Magagadzi was on our way back from a morning walk. No camera as i wanted to have as little as possible to carry in case we got chased by something!
We have some video footage of Nhlanganini though& i will see if any of it can be sent in for the competition.Thanx!

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Re: Elepahnt sightings

Unread postby Jose » Wed May 03, 2006 5:32 pm

Liesel Mulder wrote:OOOPS :redface:
Second elephant is called "Nhlaganini".
Unfortunately no pics, to my BIG disappointment :wall:
Our sighting of Magagadzi was on our way back from a morning walk. No camera as i wanted to have as little as possible to carry in case we got chased by something!
We have some video footage of Nhlanganini though& i will see if any of it can be sent in for the competition.Thanx!

Hello and welcome Liesel

You certainly have been lucky! Are they magnificent beasts or what? :D
And since you corrected the name of the second ellie... The name of the first one is spelled Mashagadzi. :wink:
There are pics of these two and some other Big Tuskers in this thread.

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Unread postby Liesel Mulder » Thu May 04, 2006 9:36 am

Thanks Jose
Nhlanganini's mate must have been closer than 2 metres from my jeep when he walked passed us. He was as large but his tusks were a lot smaller. Watching his body language we guessed that he was calm and relaxed, feeding peacefully. He almost seemed polite as he changed course slightly in order not to approach us head on, respecting our presence.
I was sure that he could hear my heart pounding as he was feeding on the mopani bush next to us. :pray: "Gentle giants" got a whole new meaning to me. Pitty about the car that sped passed, scaring the poor unsuspecting ellie. They didn't even see him! :x He obviously got a fright and when we caught up with him again he was clearly irritated and we kept our distance in order not to annoy him further.
It made me realise what effect sometimes inconsiderate people may have on all of the parks creatures, big & small.

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Unread postby Bigmouth » Thu May 04, 2006 11:30 am

Hi Everybody

Just returned from Satara with a successfull big 5, including black and white rhino.
On 24/04/2006, about halfway on the S100, we came upon this large, lone elephant walking away from us. He was already to far away to get a good picture so we just sat watching him through the binos. At last he turns sideways and I noticed that the rght tooth are missing while the left tooth was on the wrong side. I did however notice that the left tooth and the trunk are about the same size. At first I thought it to be tree trunk untill it moves with ellie into the bushes and vanished.
I could not find any ellie to fit the description and would like to find out if anyone knows this bloke.
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Unread postby francoisd » Mon May 08, 2006 10:37 am

acekam wrote:Bigmouth - saw this guy on the very same S100 just over a year ago. Look familiar?

We also saw this elephant on the S100 about 2km west of Sonop waterhole on 2 February 2006 at 15:30. I've previously emailed photos for ID to Dr Whyte without response to date (2 months). I've also mailed the photos to the tuskers project last Friday to find out if anyone there maybe knows this ellie.

He blocked the road and did not seem to mind our presence. Bit of a naughty guy though. After he step of the road to the right we decided to pass way to the left. The moment we started to drive forward he got back into the road :lol: He then walked of to the left to eat some grass that side and as soon as we though of passing on the right he got back into the road :D
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Elephant charge

Unread postby Meinfam » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:02 am

Elsa
Thanks for a great series of pics,
you certainly have some excellent sequences, also like your "Charging Elephant" series.


Here it is. Date 24 April 2006

http://www.pbase.com/arnomeintjes/elephant_charge

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