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 Post subject: Letaba Elephant hall
Unread postPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 9:21 am 
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We have all our eggs in one basket in the Elephant hall, so to speak.
The tusks of the Magnificent 7 are there.
There is a beautiful skeleton, the heaviest tusks, the longest tusks, and so forth.
I am appealing for some help to enable us to replace the entrance doors of the hall, the doors that protect this National Treasure of ours.
The Bushveld region HR's have undertaken to repair and maintain the doors and we are now looking for help to install new ones.
One of our members is adept at carpentry and will provide the labour, but to get solid, decent doors that will reflect the treasure that we are protecting, seems a huge task, and cost.
Is there anybody out there who is willing to help with a set of solid doors, with a unique elephant motif on it?
We are willing to pay, but will also be willing to accept a donation (full or partial)
No entrance fee is charged to visit the hall, but we do need to make the entrance door something special, and to this end we need help. Pleeezzze?


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:D Good day,

I remember still in my Student year while working in the Elephant hall, those doors, weren't functioning completely, and I can add it is really an amazing and very informative museum.

So please if there is anyone out there, which can help, it will be much appreciated.

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 Post subject: The magnificent seven
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Introduction

As long as man can remember, Elephants have been of the most fascinating of all mammals.
Maybe it is their size, maybe it is their habits, maybe it is their beautiful ivory tusks and maybe it is just the combination of all.

Hannibal used them . . . . . . during his campaigns to conquer the world, they have been hunted for their beautiful ivory, they have been chased from land on which their ancestors roamed for thousands of years, and they have now found refuge in Nature Reserves and National Parks from the encroaching exotic man.

Visiting tourists will stop to watch an old Bull with his accompanying Askaris, who are being taught how to be one day, be good Elephant bulls.
Or just an old Bull, peacefully feeding in the reeds or in the bush, waving his ears, dreaming of years gone by.
Or a herd with their wise old matriarch leading them.
Teaching them how to be good Elephants and where the waterholes and best grazing is to be found.,
Most of all – teaching the mothers how to take care of their calves, who like all young, always seem to be in the way be in the way while walking around on their rubbery little legs, waving their rubbery little trunks and also waving their rubbery little ears.

Fortunately, our wonderful Continent – AFRICA – is still blessed with many of these spectacular animals, who seem to live not quite as man, fifty, maybe sixty years

Many marvelous stories are told about the size of these great mammals growing up to a height of 12 feet. ( nearly 3.7 metres) with a mass of 13000 lb ( 6000 kg) and tusks weighing in excess of 200 lb ( 91 kg) and reaching a length of 11ft ( 3.35 m ).

The largest set of tusks currently available are a pair kept in the British Museum of Natural History weighing 226.25 lb and 214 lb a side, originating from the Legamishura crater.
Another pair in the American Museum of Natural history weighing 189lb and 178 lb a side originating from Kenya.
Another pair came from an Elephant shot by the hunter : Maj. Powell-Cotton near Lake Albert in Uganda in the 1880’s, weighing 198 lb and 174 lb a side.
A pair weighing 192 lb and 189 lb a side was shot in Tanzania in 1971.

The hunter Harry Manners shot an Elephant with a set of tusks weighing 185 lb and 183 lb a side on the Malawi border.

The famous hunter in AFRICA F.C. Selous mentioned that the largest tusk known coming from Botswana came from the Ngami Lake area; weighing 179 lb.

Many more stories are told about massive tusks.

The longest set of tusks known belonged to an Elephant shot by Maj. Powel-Cotton measuring 11ft 5in and 11 ft ( 3.48 and 3.35 m ) respectively.

A legendary tusker was Ahmed roaming the plains of Marsabit in Kenya, who was proclaimed a National Monument and had a game guide assigned to looking after him.
Ahmed’s tusks were recovered after he had died – a perfect matched pair weighing 148 lb a side.

These large tuskers mentioned are not often seen today, however a tusk weighing in excess of 100 lb (45, 45 kg) is spectacular and a pair meeting this criteria – even more so.

It is not only for sentimental reasons that the tuskers should be preserved, it is mainly for the future existence of Elephants, should there be no large tuskers, lesser bulls would spread their genes and LARGE TUSKERS as we are still fortunate to view today, may just become a myth . . . .
How sad would that be to the generations still to follow, for both species Homo Sapiens and Loxodonta Africana

Possible not very many more than a one and a half dozen sets of tusks exceeding 45 kg apiece have been found in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK during the past forty years.

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:10 pm 
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Large Tuskers of the Kruger National Park.


Of the Field staff of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK was aware of quite few large Elephant bulls roaming their bush, carrying good ivory. For fear that, they may be poached; this was their very well kept secret.

The scientists calculated the habitat capacity for Elephants in KRUGER and in order to avoid overpopulation, started a culling programme, which generated much negative publicity and animosity towards the South African National Parks Board.

Not all done to Elephants by the scientists was bad, but few would believe this. It was then decided that in order to improve their image with the public, a publicity campaign was to be launched, many ideas were put forward, all were considered but deservedly the one chosen was that the very close kept secret be revealed.

A name was needed and then Dr. U de V ( Tol ) Pienaar came up with the bright idea : THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN. It was accepted and that is how it all started.

Most nature lovers were thrilled when this campaign came to life.

Paintings were made, publications were distributed, and radio and television programmes were made and broadcast. It appears that a new awareness of Mother Nature and all Her Children had been born.

The names of THE MAGNIFECENT SEVENwere :

NDLULAMITH

KAMBAKU

DZOMBO

MAFUNYANE

SHAWU

JOAO

SHINGWEDZI



Who had all grown to the age of fifty years plus and adorned the plains and the bush of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK.

Sadly now they are all part of history but for fortunately for many years they had the opportunity to be the herd bulls and must have sired many of the emerging tuskers, which we as privileged visitors to this Animal Eden occasionally catch a glimpse of.

Today visiting tourists admire their tusks and their details, which are on display in the Elephant Hall at the Letaba Rest Camp of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK.

The Goodwill of the Goldfields Group sponsored the Elephant Hall.

What has always impressed me is the respect shown by the visitors when inside, it is quiet and it is not unlike visiting some old cathedral in Europe . . . . Sacred!

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Ndlulamithi-Taller than the Trees

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This name Ndlulamithi originates from the Shangane-Tsonga speaking people as well as the Nguni people.

This old giant roamed the plains and bush of the western area of the Kruger National Park. Between Letaba and Punda Maria.

This aggressive yet secretive old giant of the AFRICAN SAVANNAH was seldomnly seen.

His shoulder height is estimated to be between 340-345 cm.

His tusk details are :
Length : L 287 cm, R 273 cm.
Mass : L 64.6 kg, R 57.2 kg.
Circumference at lip : L 48.8 cm R 48 cm.

NDLULAMITHI died of natural causes in 1985 at an estimated age of 58 years. Paul Zway the then section Ranger found his carcass in the Shangoni area.

The tusks of this old giant of the bush are on display in the Goldfields Elephant hall in Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Kambaku – Old Elephant Bull.

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Also named in the Tsonga language.

This handsome Elephant with a near perfect matching set of tusks roamed the plains and bush between Satara and Orpen down to Crocodile Bridge. He was very often seen in the Kingfisher Spruit area and was one of the most photographed of the MAGNIFECENT SEVEN.

He had a round hole, close to the outer edge of his left ear. Kambaku was a loner and unlike other Elephants, had no hairs at the end of his tail.

His tusk details are :
Length : L 259 cm, R 265 cm.
Mass : L 63.2 kg, R 64.0 kg.
Circumference at lip : L 51 cm R 52 cm.

KAMBAKU came to a very sad end. On one of his wanderings down south he strayed across the Crocodile River and someone shot him using a heavy calibre rifle. He returned to KRUGER stumbling along with a broken shoulder. The scientists realised that nothing could be done to relieve him of his agony and it was decided that mercifully he would be shot. This became the task of the Ranger at Lower Sabie – Lynn van Rooyen

The tusks of this old giant of the bush are on display in the Goldfields Elephant hall in Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Dzombo – To wait for something that is slow in coming

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This name Dzombo is also derived from the Tsonga language.

This old giant also roamed the plains and bush of the northern area of the Kruger National Park. Between Letaba and Punda Maria..

His beautiful set of tusks were curved and bowed pointing forward, a classic example of a large bull from the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, and nearly identical.

His tusk details are :
Length : L 255 cm, R 237 cm.
Mass : L55.5 kg, R 56.8 kg.
Circumference at lip : L 50 cm R 51 cm.

This beautiful old bull was killed during October 1983, near the waterhole Dzombyane, by Mozambican poachers in a hail of AK47 bullets. Fortunately the Ranger Ampie Espach came across the scene before the tusks could be removed. The poachers must have fled upon hearing the approach of the vehicle, leaving these wonderful trophies behind..

DZOMBO was estimated to have been 50 years old the time of him being murdered.

The tusks of this old giant of the bush are on display in the Goldfields Elephant hall in Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Mafunyane – The irritable one.

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This name Mafunyane is also derived from the Tsonga language, it was also the name of a previous warden Lou Steyn, who was quite similar in temperament.

This old bull roamed the plains and bush of the Shangoni section in the northwestern area of the Kruger National Park. From the upper part of the Shingwedzi River down to the Bububu stream

His beautiful set of tusks were fairly straight and the tips worn to a chisel like end rubbed from being rubbed on the ground as this old man of the AFRICAN plains moved along. Mafunyane was never seen near tourist roads, he was elusive, shy and irritable, he would charge immediately when confronted, fortunately he was seldomnly seen by tourists..

Mafunyane had a symmetrical hole in the top of his head nearly 40 cm deep, leading into his nasal cavity, through which he also breathed – possibly a wound from an earlier fight with another bull. There is much speculation about the origin of the hole but one mentioned here is the most likely.

Another identifying characteristic was that his one toe of the left hind foot was splayed to one side, leaving an easily distinguishable impression.

Mafunyane was slightly smaller than the other members of this group, measuring 327 cm at the shoulder.

His tusk details are :
Length : L 251 cm, R 251 cm.
Mass : L55.1 kg, R55.1 kg.
Circumference at lip : L 48 cm R 48 cm.

The remains of this beautiful old bull were found near the Tari River, northwest of the Shingwedzi Rest Camp, it is assumed that he died of natural causes. As only his scattered skeleton was found, with the tusks identifying him.

MAFUNYANE was estimated to have been 57 years old the time of his death in 1983.

The tusks of this old giant of the bush are on display in the Goldfields Elephant hall in Letaba

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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SHAWU

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This old giant of the AFRICAN plains massive tusks rank among the longest of the African Elephants and most certainly the longest of those who roamed the SOUTHERN AFRICAN plains. These tusks were almost symmetrical in shape; it is assumed that he may not have been a great warrior of the Elephant tribe therefore the tusk length indicated below.

Due to the shape of his tusks he was referred to in the Afrikaans language as “ Groot Haaktand” – “ Great Hook Tusk “

This old bull roamed the plains and bush between the area from which his name derived – Shawu and the Shingwedzi River between the main road and the Great Lebombo Mountains.

This magnificent animal was quite approachable; due to his tusk length it was feared that he may fall pray to poachers. It was decided to fit a collar with a radio transmitter so that his movements and whereabouts could be monitored very regularly, often daily.

Once it was realised that old Shawu’s time was approaching, he was monitored daily, then one morning it was noticed that the transmissions were not moving, a search group was sent out to the Kostini area east of the Shingwedzi Rest Camp, where they found this old giant – dead!

Old Shawu was truly a giant who had a shoulder height of 340 cm.


His tusk details are:
Length: L3171 cm, R 305 cm.
Mass: L52.7 kg, R50.8 kg.
Circumference at lip: L 45 cm R 45 cm.



SHAWU was estimated to have been close to 60 years old the time of his death in 1983.

The tusks of this old giant of the bush are on display in the Goldfields Elephant hall in Letaba

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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JOAO – named after the AFRICAN Priest King- Prester John.

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This old giant of the AFRICAN plains of whom only photographs remain, his tusks were never found, was roamed the area south of the Shingwedzi River as far south as Mahlangene and east towards Shilowa.

His name derived from the waterhole near the Shingwedzi River where he was first seen Joao.

Old Joao was wounded by poachers in 1982, fortunately he escaped and was soon found. Joao was immobilised and the wounds cleaned and treated with antibiotics and then revived. His tusks were measured and a few other details taken.


The mass indicated below are estimates and these mighty tusks make them the heaviest set of the magnificent seven.

Unlike Shawu who was not aggressive, Joao broke his tusks presumably in a fight with another bull...



Old Joao was truly a giant who had a shoulder height of 340 cm.


His tusk details are:
Length: L 271 cm, R 250 cm.
Mass: L 70.0 kg, R60.0 kg.
Circumference at lip: L 51 cm R 51 cm.



JOAO was estimated to have been in his 50s at the time of his death.

The tusks of this old giant of the bush were never found and maybe who knows one day ………..

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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SHINGWEDZI

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This old giant of the AFRICAN plains was named after the River in which area he spent most of the last years of his life- the Great Shingwedzi Shingwedzi meaning the metallic sound of the rocks of the area when they are rubbed or banged together..


His tusk details are:
Length: L3171 cm, R 305 cm.
Mass: L52.7 kg, R50.8 kg.
Circumference at lip: L 45 cm R 45 cm.



SHINGWEDZI was estimated to have been close to 60 years old the time of his death in 1983.

The tusks of this old giant of the bush are on display in the Goldfields Elephant hall in Letaba

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Just as amatter of interest a certain drink company ( Amarula) sold their bottle of drink in lovely tube.
There were 7 different tubes each depicting a drawing of one of the magnificent seven as named above.
Also on this tube were the details as mentioned above.
These actually make a wonderful talking point in a pub or on display in your house.
It took me over a year to collect all 7 as they are pretty hard to come by nowadays.

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Shawu = Shewani= "Good day" a greeting in the Tsonga language.
Alternatively:
Nshawu = Shawu = "to have a pleasant taste" in the Tsonga language.
The last one may be the more logic as the Shawu Vlei may have a pleasnt taste to the grazers.

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 Post subject: Re: THE MAGNIFECENT SEVEN
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Thank you Gmlsmith.

That is an interesting story. I have always wondered how the Magnificent 7 story started? now I know! :thumbs_up:

The next question however is who will be the next lot of tuskers!? I never had the chance to see any of the "Mag7" in real life but I've come across Tsotsi and Hlanganini, (before tusk break!). Very cool..... I wonder if the Park will make an official "Famous 5" or "superior 6" .....for the next generation!

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 Post subject: Letaba elephant hall - missed oportunity
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I would like to ask a question of the guys in charge at Letaba elephant hall.
Why don't you have some sort of book/magazine/print out that has all the details about the 7.

I love that hall and have been in there a few times.
the pictures and information is great and in some cases moving but nothing I could buy to keep and show people.

I'm not asking for anything special, a photocopy of the boards stapled together would do and I'm sure everyone would buy it if not at some stupid price.
by that I mean don't let the shops get hold of the idea!!!

I have photographed all the boards and will now do my own but I really think you are missing a great opportunity.

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