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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:48 pm

Hi all Tuskermites !

Last June our hosts to Shingwedzi were Poenie and Selma Liebenberg - we left KNP before them and a few days later [ 17/06/2012 ] they photographped the below tusker some 10km south of Timbavati picnic spot.

When I recently went through their photos this bull immediately struck me as a possible "named" tusker and I started scanning through Aat's "TUSKERSOFAFRICA".

Unfortunately I could not come up with a certain ID. The best I could do was finding the "wart" above the elephant's eye and noticing a rather similar wart above the eye of Ngonyama's eye on the 5th photo on Aat's website.
[ Photo by Karl Kruger ]

Could this have been Ngonyama so far south of his known range ?

Aat, what do you think ?

Gerrie.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:48 am

100ponder,
Hi my friend... Really a nice puzzle. Although it is not impossible I doubt it is Ngonyama. Struggling with his tusks.... ad the locations. I was looking for an alternative option and think it could be Madolo because of the length and shape of the tusks and location. On the picture it is difficult to see if the tusks are widely spread like with Ngonyama and the left tusk doesn't look curved upwards.
Can't ID him with being 100% sure.


[quote="100ponder"]Hi all Tuskermites !

Last June our hosts to Shingwedzi were Poenie and Selma Liebenberg - we left KNP before them and a few days later [ 17/06/2012 ] they photographped the below tusker some 10km south of Timbavati picnic spot.

When I recently went through their photos this bull immediately struck me as a possible "named" tusker and I started scanning through Aat's "TUSKERSOFAFRICA".

Unfortunately I could not come up with a certain ID. The best I could do was finding the "wart" above the elephant's eye and noticing a rather similar wart above the eye of Ngonyama's eye on the 5th photo on Aat's website.
[ Photo by Karl Kruger ]

Could this have been Ngonyama so far south of his known range ?

Aat, what do you think ?

Gerrie.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:46 am

Hi Aat,

Unfortunately only this one photo was taken of the elephant - more views would have helped a lot.

Personally I discarded Madolo as a possible - Madolo's RH tusk has a blunt splintered tip and overall
Madolo's tusks look thicker than the tusks of this bull.

As an outside chance I consider this tusker and the Impisi08 number two tusker to be the same animal.
[ See Impisi08's posting on the previous page.]

I guess we will have to wait and see if more sightings in this area are made.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:25 pm

I just got to share this with all the tuskermites :-

Isilu :-

Last Saturday - Isilu looked just magestic :-

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And Isilu was courting the young lady standing close to his right shoulder ! :k
[ And she was quite coy about it ! ]

Just look how huge Isilu is when compared to the cows around him - certainly bigger than
the average elephant bull. :o

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And then today there was this tusker on the Tembe webcam - just look how thick those long tusks
are and they are still getting thicker at the lip line - another real monster developing here. :o

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:35 pm

As you all must know by now - I am single-minded about elephants with big tusks.

Now let me share with you a photo of one of the biggest tusks I am aware of and all the way from Siberia :-

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This photo is from the National Geographic web site - visit
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/mammoth-tusks for more info.

I know I might be some-what off topic but it still is about a BIG TUSKER !

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:40 am

Now that's a mammoth tusk :)
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 .
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Shushin » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:13 pm

Isilo is a magnificent elephant. I hope to see in in May on my visit, so long have I watched and zoomed on him from afar with Africam. The other tusker pic I think it may be Siqualo (correct me if wrong Aat)


100ponder wrote:I just got to share this with all the tuskermites :-

Isilu :-

Last Saturday - Isilu looked just magestic :-

Image

And Isilu was courting the young lady standing close to his right shoulder ! :k
[ And she was quite coy about it ! ]

Just look how huge Isilu is when compared to the cows around him - certainly bigger than
the average elephant bull. :o

Image

And then today there was this tusker on the Tembe webcam - just look how thick those long tusks
are and they are still getting thicker at the lip line - another real monster developing here. :o

Image
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby chirinda » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:28 pm

I'm so glad, Aat, that you've given my favourite "bent ear" a name - Mavumbye. :dance: :dance: I've been keeping pictures of him when he has appeared on the Satara webcam since late 2007. The last pics I have are April 2011 and I wondered what had happened to him. He seemed to have a routine of appearing there every few months.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:59 pm

Shushin,
I have been one in Tembe and had all the luck you can imagin. Just arrived and taken by the camp manager to the waterhole because Isilo was there. I could maken a few hundred pictures of before he walked away. A very very impressive moment to see him. I have seen a few other tuskers as well. I am not familiar enough with the other names. Communication with Tembe does not work well, I will try to change that soon.
I really hope you see several tuskers in May and please let me know later on about your experience and if you have nice updates for my tusker site...you're welcome :) :)

[quote="Shushin"]Isilo is a magnificent elephant. I hope to see in in May on my visit, so long have I watched and zoomed on him from afar with Africam. The other tusker pic I think it may be Siqualo (correct me if wrong Aat)

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:02 pm

Very nice to hear chirinda !! I was lucky to see him with my own eyes. Really nice tusker :) :)

chirinda wrote:I'm so glad, Aat, that you've given my favourite "bent ear" a name - Mavumbye. :dance: :dance: I've been keeping pictures of him when he has appeared on the Satara webcam since late 2007. The last pics I have are April 2011 and I wondered what had happened to him. He seemed to have a routine of appearing there every few months.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Shushin » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:59 am

Thank you Aar for the nice reply. I will if he is around have a word in Ernest's shell like :wink: and see if we can get the communications opened up .
I fear due to Isilo's age this will be the first and last chance for me to see him. We have lost so many of the big boys this last 2 years. But on the bright side :D we seem to have some really good and upcoming large tuskers in the making. These I have observed while doing my cam duties for Africam. I will of course endeavor to take many :cam: front view (if ellie will oblige) of any I may be lucky to see while at Tembe in May. I will contact you on my return.



Aat wrote:Shushin,
I have been one in Tembe and had all the luck you can imagin. Just arrived and taken by the camp manager to the waterhole because Isilo was there. I could maken a few hundred pictures of before he walked away. A very very impressive moment to see him. I have seen a few other tuskers as well. I am not familiar enough with the other names. Communication with Tembe does not work well, I will try to change that soon.
I really hope you see several tuskers in May and please let me know later on about your experience and if you have nice updates for my tusker site...you're welcome :) :)

Shushin wrote:Isilo is a magnificent elephant. I hope to see in in May on my visit, so long have I watched and zoomed on him from afar with Africam. The other tusker pic I think it may be Siqualo (correct me if wrong Aat)
May 2014
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7-11 Satara
12-15 Olifants
16-19 Lower Sabie
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:28 pm

Hope you have a wonderful time in Tembe.

It's a bit quiet with the Big Tuskers ... if you captured one or some of them please post them. It's great to see them and helps to update their pages at the tusker site. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:37 pm

Marhumbini - pic taken at Thihongoyeni end of December 2012

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:39 pm

We also saw this collared elephant at Thihongoyeni during the same period?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:43 pm

Also this beauty - does he have a name?

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