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Re: Duke

Unread postby DRIESV » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:13 am

A very sad day indeed :(

RIP Gentle Giant!!!!

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Re: Duke

Unread postby matthew » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:08 am

Rest in peace big guy - I will miss going to KNP with the sole aim of finding you. We had some good times. I hope that future ellies will be blessed with your temperment and that there will be others able to fill your "biggest tusker" title so well.

Farewell big guy!
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Re: Duke

Unread postby Mubi » Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:12 pm

Alas, his mighty heart beats no more,
even though he was the one I never saw.

The south-east corner is silent now.
Vale dicere gentle giant.

Sic Transit Gloria.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Joao » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:55 pm

Nature brings forth mostly tears of joy and sometimes tears of sadness.

Today I shed a tear of sadness for old Duke.

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Jubs » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:40 pm

RIP Duke

We had the privileged to see him once - we were watching him for awhile that morning when he come to rest against a tree not far from us.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby o-dog » Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:21 pm

RIP Big Guy...!! :gflower:

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Re: Duke

Unread postby hilda » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:00 am

You are doing a great job with the big tuskers Aat! :thumbs_up: We have printed out the pictures of the 10 biggest tuskers from your thread, to see if we could find any of them during our last trip in September. Unfortunately we did not succeed - either because none of them were tuskers, or we just don't know how to identify them. :( But we will continue trying!
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Re: Duke

Unread postby HansJuergen » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:59 am

JEG wrote:Image

Duke and his askari - outside Croc Bridge camp 22/5/10

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Posing beautifully

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Thrilling the visitors


Hi to All !
This are my Pics with Duke - and my wife and I am in the Audi with Duke . This Memories will stay with us for ever.
Thank you DUKE - RIP.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Haupie » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:17 pm

Duke I never met you. But you made every visit to Kruger worthwhile, even if we searched in vain for you.

Heaven is richer, Earth is poorer now. You made an impact on our lives. you were a legend.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:33 am

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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Re: Duke

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:47 am

thank you for the info :D
incredible... 140 kg to bring with and more than 3m :hmz:
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Re: Duke

Unread postby Petro Rossouw » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:36 pm

Hope to see them in the Elephant museum in Letaba soon. Would be a fitting tribute to this once majestic animal.
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Re: Duke

Unread postby 100ponder » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:09 am

Hi Wildtuinman,

Can you please also post on this site the circumferences and weights and length of the individual pieces of the tusks - I am really interested to know as much as possible of this old man.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:09 am

Yeah, Buckster! Exactly! :wink:

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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Re: Duke

Unread postby Mant » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:30 am

Hi,

I would like to know when exactly Duke's tusks will be put on display in the Letaba Elephant Hall?

Thanks,

Samantha


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