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 Post subject: Re: Duke
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:08 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
Unread postPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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RIP Big Guy...!! :gflower:

@Aat...keep up your great work! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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JEG wrote:
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:17 pm 
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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.

Leon, Belinda, Andria and Ingrid

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

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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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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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Hi,

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

Thanks,

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 Post subject: The real weight of Duke's tusks?
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The Times yesterday reported that Duke's tusks weighed a combined 140.5kg

http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2011/11/01/duke-tusks-break-records

This surely can't be correct, can it? When you look at the weights of the Magnificent Seven (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/elephants/tuskers/magnificent7.php) the heaviest combined was Joao at 130kg (although I think this may be an estimate as Joao's tusks were never found) and Kambaku at 127.2kg. Shawu (who previously held the record for longest tusks) only weighed in at a measly 103.5kg.

If it is right, then Duke truly was a wonder of nature and anyone lucky enough to have seen him can surely count themselves most fortunate indeed.


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