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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:25 pm

Super Mongoose,
I can't ID this bull, not known to me as tusker so it is not a named one. It's is difficult to judge the length of the tusks looking at the pictures... Like to store the pictures in my database and see what happens with this one later on.

[quote="Super Mongoose"]Hi Tusker Mites

This tuskey ellie or up and coming tusker scratching himself on a tree, I saw Oct 6 from the fence at Satara. His right hand tusk is quite a bit longer than the left one. Pumba suggested me posting the pics here after reading my TR, as he might have a name. That would be very interesting. Thanx Pumba!

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Unread postby Aat » Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:34 pm

Wilddog5,
The tusker on this picture is ..to my opinion Boyala. His right tusk is broken and the angle of the "shot" can hide this broken tusk. The last picture at his page at my tuskersite shows a almost similar view on him. Maybe you remember if you did see more of him. As far as I know he is still alive.

Wilddog5 wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:Here's one I saw in Jun 2004 in the Shingwedzi river.

Is that elephant still alive cause i think we saw it :D :k

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:01 am

adw,
Just looked at your 1st picture , to my opinion this is Nwashinangana , based on his tusks and right ear. I think I can see the two "marks" there like Nwashinangana has. His right tusk is a bit shorter then left one and a bit curved while the left tusks is almost straight.
Don't know if you have a few more pics of him and willing to send them in larger format to me?
tuskers@zeelandnet.nl

Second one is not a named one and "judging" his tusks... potential for longer tusks but not that thick (based on the picture).


adw wrote:Saw three nice tuskers on my Oct 2012 trip to Satara.
This guy was seen on the H10 as I was leaving the park.

And this young bull who I think has potential was photographed 3 km south of Satara.

I will post the third one later on once I have finished my editing.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:10 pm

We saw this nice young man , with promising sized tusks , on 11th October 2012 , at Shitangeni ( just north of Vlakteplaas ranger ) on the H1-7 .
The interesting thing is that he had a big chunk out of his trunk , similar to the tusker Mahrumbini , whom incidently we saw three days later just north of Mopani .

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Picture of Mahrumbini following after downloading
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:30 pm

Herewith pic of Mahrumbini - he only has one tusk , and also a piece bitten out of his trunk - I suppose by some enterprising croc sometime , somewhere ust north of Mopani , on the 14th October 2012 .

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And not so far from him , we were fortunate to see another one of Aat's named tuskers , namely Kaleka - quite impressive that big right tusk . He wasn't very friendly and chased us away with a shaking of his head , etc .

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Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

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3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Decision

Unread postby Aat » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:26 pm

@ ALL

I am very very sorry but I am going to stop most activities at this forum for the Big Tuskers.
I will pm the ones who like requests for ID etc or just simply will comment but no other activities anymore.

I am very disappointed that for all the time I spend for so many for ID work and many others things around the Big Tuskers I am not even nominated for any category for awards this year.

I have done this for 4 years at a row spending so much time with pleasure but I have to conclude that appreciation is far away.

I like to ask the moderators to take away the award I received earlier in 2010 because I am really very very very disappointed ....

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Philip1 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:41 pm

:( :( :( :( :?:
"Lose yourself in Nature and find Peace!" (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
UNITE AGAINST POACHING...What we protect,
do not let poachers take it away!

Extinction is forever and survival is up to---every last one of us!

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:55 pm

Philip`,
Yes Philip .... it is with pain but disappoinment , a big disappointment.
I have spend about an average of 20 hours per week with ID'ing for so many, keeping this updated, a thread with so many views here, answerring many pm's for ID's helping out with delivering pictures for auctions and other things but not even a recognition or nomination

Philip1 wrote::( :( :( :( :?:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby vinkie » Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:16 am

Sad news Aat that you are going to stop most activities at this forum for the Big Tuskers. :cry: :cry: :cry:
Live life on the edge but be careful not to fall off! :wink:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:28 pm

Hi Aat

I have the greatest respect for you and always enjoy your contributions to the tusker info bank available to all of us. I have always thought of you as a nature lover who shares his passion with others!
Now I discover I was wrong -- you only did this work for nominations! So now -- no nominations, no Aat!!??
And even the nomination for 2010 is suddenly worth nothing -- just take it back?

Maybe this is all just a joke?

Aat, we enjoy your trip reports, we enjoy your tusker website. Thank you for your contribution. Don't let anybody spoil your day!

God bless,
Friedrich von Horsten

Ps.
I was fascinated to see a lovely tusker at Punda Maria entrance gate -- 30m from the gate. Really lovely elephant. Where do I now post it so that you can enjoy it? Do let me know.
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:22 pm

Friedrich,
I sent you a PM to explain a few things.

Got several PM's and mails so let me be clear about a few things:
Sure I will not let my tusker friends down and continue with ID's here and the Tusker site.

So Friedrich and others, keep on posting tusker pics here, the place to to be for them and to share with all other tuskermites.

(I am just not doing any other extra things anymore and for now and future I am not interested in any nomination , being together with my tusker friends is enough. Let me just say that some things are clear to me and that's it.)

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:05 am

Morning Aat,

Thanks for the pm --it makes sense. But don't give up on the forum!

God bless,

Friedrich von Horsten
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:18 am

So here are the pics I took end of September...

The brown elephant was right at Punda Maria entrance gate – he has nice thick tusks, with virtually perfect ears.
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This elephant in thick green bush = on H7 right next to the Timbavati river, about 15 km from Orpen gate. Note the jagged right ear.

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I suppose the Punda elephant is still too young, butit looks like he haspotential.
The Orpen elephant looks more substantial. Does he perhaps have a name?

God bless,

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:13 pm

Friedrich,
The one near Punda Maria is unknown to me , not a named one but idd , looks like a potential one for future based on his thick tusks and I agree with you, think he is a young guy

The other one is Ma_Xangane , ID by his ragged ear with several notches.

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:So here are the pics I took end of September...

The brown elephant was right at Punda Maria entrance gate – he has nice thick tusks, with virtually perfect ears.
This elephant in thick green bush = on H7 right next to the Timbavati river, about 15 km from Orpen gate. Note the jagged right ear.


I suppose the Punda elephant is still too young, butit looks like he haspotential.
The Orpen elephant looks more substantial. Does he perhaps have a name?

God bless,

Friedrich von Horsten

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Friedrich von Hörsten » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:18 pm

Hi Aat,

Thanks for the ID. I hope he becomes a big tusker!

I last saw MaXangane at Letaba two years ago, and never dreamed of seeing him so far south. Glad he is still alive and well.

God bless,

Friedrich von Horsten
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