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 Post subject: Re: Afslurpie
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:19 am 
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Now a question! Does the matriarch of a group remain so until she dies or is there a "passing on of the baton" so to speak?


It is more like a "passing on of the baton" which occurs gradually. As the matriarch gets very old (around the 60s), she becomes weaker and less mobile. The herd may leave her alone for periods of time as they move on and she moves less and less (her last set of teeth wear down and she cannot feed efficiently and so becomes weaker).

Her oldest daughter may take over as the matriarch or the herd might split into two groups with their own matriarchs (depending on the size of the herd and other social factors). This happens before she dies.

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 Post subject: Addo Elephant Bulls
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What is the situation with the KNP bulls introduced a few years back to increase the gene pool? Have they fathered any offspring as yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Elephant Bulls
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Sorry, Antone, I cann ot answer that- but am also interested to hear a reply from someone who knows. We have seen Skukuza twice, and always he has been alone - but I suppose that doesn't mean he doesn't pay a visit to the rest of the ellies. We saw V Moosa last week at Marion Baree with about 15 other ellies, and have seen him before with others too, so he does seem to be more sociable. Interesting question - I hope someone answers. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Elephant Bulls
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Skukuza is the easiest, as he only has one large tusk and has a collar fitted. Don't know how to post pics yet (new year's resolution...), sorry :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Addo Elephant Bulls
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 Post subject: Re: Addo Elephant Bulls
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Tom124 wrote:
As am I! Elephant park or not, ellies are always fantastic to behold :mrgreen:


The name of Addo "Elephant Park" could be a bit misleading - makes it sound almost like a zoo!!?- never thought of it before :? Just in case there are some people wondering, they are still in the wild and you have no guarantee of seeing them on a trip. I know of a group visiting for the day and not seeing a single elephant - sounds umlikely, but still true! Addo is a great place to view ellies - nice photo JJ. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Avryl - Goodbye!
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:59 am 
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:( Sad to hear of the passing of this great Matriarch. May her place in the Addo not be forgotten for a long time.

Can someone confirm that this leaves Afslurpie as the oldest Cow in the Park?

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 Post subject: Re: Avryl - Goodbye!
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Hey guys, this upset me so much when I heard, where do I find a pic of her, I took so many photos of this old Matriarch in December 2009, I think it might be her.....please help?


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 Post subject: Re: Avryl - Goodbye!
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Just heard about this from my neighbour. Although we haven't been to Addo yet it is still very sad! :cry: I would like to see some photos of her.


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 Post subject: Re: Avryl - Goodbye!
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That is such sad news...
You have come to the right place Tam...someone is bound to help you here :D


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 Post subject: Twin baby elephants at Addo
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Anyone tell me when these twins were born? And their names? :hmz:

We saw them at Addo on 6th March this year.

Link to blog http://elephantseyegarden.blogspot.com/ ... all-5.html


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 Post subject: Skukuza at Addo
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During our last visit to Addo we again spotted a large bull elephant with one tusk missing. We first spotted him in Addo about four years ago. I wondered if anyone has since him lately. We were very lucky one morning to come across him, he was alone and we watch him for almost a hour. I would love to know if first of all is Skukuza his real name and how he is. If I remember rightly he has been brought down from Kruger.

I am hoping someone can help.


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza at Addo
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Skukuza is a huge bull ellie in Addo, and has just one tusk. So you most probably did see him when you were in Addo. I have also been lucky enough to see him. I have a pic of him somewhere ... let me look for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza at Addo
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Here is a pic I took in 2008 of Skukuza in Addo:
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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza at Addo
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It is sad, but not uncommon. Many elephants are killed in this way. A conflict between those big bulls are no joke!

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