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 Post subject: Re: Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:44 pm 
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Reading all this info I like to add a few things / facts.

About Duke age and conservation of his scull and tusks:
Duke was collared last year with main reason to track him to save his scull and tusks soon after he dies to add his scull and tusks (all parts are save) in Letaba Hall

Age: when they collared him he was estimated about 52 - 56 years so when he died recently he must be 53 - 57 with maybe a few years tolerance.

Letaba hall info: I have heard many times that info is not complete and outdated about current tuskers in and around Kruger.

Some years ago well known tusker Alexander died (Mopani) and it was promised to investigate the real reason of his dead....but till now no info has been shared or published.

Last update about "new" tuskers was more then 1 1/2 year ago so it looks like activities are slowing down.

Some other well known and officially named tuskers haven't been seen / reported for a long time like Tsotsi (Letaba) and Muliluane (south) but no info about them has been given.

Since I have contact with many people visiting Kruger I get lots of comments that in the camps almost no-one knows about named tuskers in the area they work. Even in many camps they deny that names have been given to them.

I think there is something to do if they take it serious.

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 Post subject: Re: Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall
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Have to agree with Bucky and BB!
There is such a unique story behind Duke, that it can't be excluded to be told. My first ever experience seeing him was near Tshokwane (after he broke his first tusk), but what a sighting it was. There was always some kind of aura that surrounded him, something magical and griping to be able watching him. It would really be sad, not to fulfill this legacy and the story behind the story of one of the greatest ellies in Kruger IMO. Duke deserve to be on the honor roll :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall
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I am sure they will say that there are not enough space to display our favourite Duke in the hall but why cant we stand together and raise funds in the name of DUKE to expand the hall or even use the space where they show movies. Everytime when we were there nobody were in the cinema area.

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'Free translation'.

Duke, one of Kruger's new generation 'snake tusk giants' who died recently, is officially now in the history books.
His left tusk is the longest ever measured there.
It was 3.21 metres and the right one 2.93, and together they weighted 140.5 kg.
Up till last Friday, when the tusks were measured, Shawu's (one of the legendary big 7 eles) left tusk was the longest at 3.17 m.
Duke, who spent most of his life in the Croc Bridge area, was regularly in the news in the last 2 years.
In Aug 2007, his first tusk broke, and it was quicky recovered, and in Aug 2008 the other broke and was also traced. Quite a feat!
So far, no decisions have been made regarding Duke's skull & tusks, but they will probably become part of the exhibition in the Letaba Elephant Hall.

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Wow, that is quite incredible, 104.5kgs! What an amazing tusker he was. :clap:

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8) Info from Wildtuinman posted here
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I've seen stats on Duke's tusks.

His left tusk is the longest ever recorded in Kruger. A whopping 321cm!! 4cm longer than Shawu's left tusk which held the previous record.
Right tusk: 293cm

The combined weight is the 2nd heaviest ever recorded in Kruger. 140.4kg. 2kg less than Mandleve's.

A Magnificent animal and a legend he is.
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Top figure - Left Tusk
Bottom Figure - Right Tusk

Broken Piece Length (cm)
175
160

From skull Length (cm)
146
133

Circumference round lip (cm/ inches)
50 19.69
50 19.69

Broken Piece Weight (kg/ lbs)
37.05 81.68
38.25 84.33

From Skull Weight (kg/ lbs)
33.2 73.19
31.9 70.33

Total Weight (kg/ lbs)
70.25 154.87
70.15 154.65


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 Post subject: Re: Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall
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I've just learned that the brilliant artist Dawie Fourie will be making a full size mould of Duke's skull and tusks that will on display in Croc Bridge. :D :D :clap: :clap: (Duke's skull and tusks will go to Letaba).

Though Dawie has a number of photos of Duke which he took himself, he is looking for more pictures that can be part of the display and that he can use in making the mould. Perhaps forumites who have photos and who are willing to share them with Dawie, can do an internet search for him (for example under http://www.southafricanartists.com or http://www.brushspace.com) to get his contact details.

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This is brilliant.
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 Post subject: Re: Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall
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In all honesty I really think the Elephant Hall Museum should be extended and revamped. Every time I visit Letaba I take a walk through the museum and I totally love it!

Duke's remains and tusks should be placed on display in the Museum.

Regarding the sightings of other tuskers, we saw Tsotsi just outside Letaba earlier this year during June.

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Hi Everybody,

Just wanted to let you all know that this is the email I got from Kirsty Redman at the Letaba Elephant Hall about Duke's Tusks.

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Hi Samantha,

The current status of the elephant hall is that it is at its capacity with regards to tuskers and only those of exceptional status will be considered, and for this to be possible there would have to be structural changes.

We are currently in the process of planning a re-design of the hall that includes new information panels based on the existing ones, just updated. We will be including some structural changes in this plan for this and we will be doing it in a manner that will allow for the possible inclusion of limited notable tuskers in the future.

At this stage the answer is vague as to a time line and what I can say is we would like to include him and it is being considered but will be dependent on several factors including funding so if he does come to the hall it will not be in the imminent future, but would be part of the longer term plans.

Please note my e-mail address has changed to kirsty.redman@sanparks.org.

Kind Regards,

Kirsty Redman

Interpretive Officer, Nxanatseni Region, Kruger National Park

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Tel: +27 13 735 6664
Fax: 086 620 2919
E-Mail: kirsty.redman@sanparks.org
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 Post subject: Re: Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall
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Duke died on 1 October 2011. I have read that replicas of his tusks will be on display at the Crocodile Bridge Camp to remember his death one year ago.

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