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Unread postby Perks. » Tue May 15, 2007 12:11 pm

I saw Duke the one and only time, on 23 May 1997. It was a Friday, we were en route to LS for mum's 50th. Entered at Croc Bridge, and were in convoy with loads of people heading the same way for the weekend. I was in my car, my boet was driving my mom's new car (surprise birthday present). All cameras and things were still stashed in the boot, so no photos.

There was a turning to the right, about halfway between CB and LS. And Duke was walking down the middle of the road, towards CB, and cars were scattering. I could swear there was a twinkle in his eye at the mayhem he was causing! ;)

There was much trepidation about 'mom's new car', and so we ducked into the side road, turned around, and waited for him to pass.

A Daewoo Espero did the same thing, but after the excitement was over, it was the funniest thing... driver (she) and passenger (he) swapped places in a great hurry. We suspect hubby let missus drive once they got into the park, and after this experience, her nerves were shot, and she gave back the controls to hubby! Gosh we laughed.

But yes, he was a sight to behold then, he must be quite an anmal now.
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Unread postby Herman » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:59 pm

We had the wonderful luck to see Duke for a second time this week -( the first time was Christmas day 2005, just north of Lower Sabie, near Mlondozi ) On Sunday 24th June 2007 at about 10:50 he was about a km from the Croc Bridge camp gate, with two askaris.

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Unread postby Elsa » Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:55 pm

This is my contribution to the highlight of all my Kruger sightings, DUKE seen on May 31st this year, on the S28 a little way north of Mac's WH. :D :D

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duke has lost a tusk

Unread postby ron brameld » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:31 pm

There was a new flash on the radio this morning (25 august 2007) that duke has lost one of his tusks. Is this a rumour or is it the truth? What a great loss if he has lost one.I understood that they were going to search for this magnificent tusk.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:49 pm

Hi Ron, Yes, sadly Duke has lost a tusk :( And members of this forum were there when it happened!! Read about it here - The Tale of the Tusk. And here - Duke breaks left tusk.
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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:16 pm

We saw him on the 22nd Sept on the S28 Petro.
He was with 2 askaris and looked very relaxed.

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Good luck, hope you manage to find the ol' man. :D
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Unread postby Nico » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:40 am

In this little video, you see Duke in better day's. We mostly saw him on the S28. :wink:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=uhERGWl-kog[/video]
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Unread postby Jazil » Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:10 pm

On Monday 28th January at 12:09 he was busy scratching his back and rump on a tree at the T Junction where the S29 meets the S128. When he had finished scratching he just wandered of straight on towards the river, what we could see, as he dissappeared through the thickish bush and long grass, he was happily munching as he went. :D

He turned sidewards, but fleetingly, and I am afraid I was not quick enough to get a picture of him like that, and only got a picture of his posterior - anyways the bushes and twigs got in the way of a picture of him, from the side. :(

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Unread postby lastpride » Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:54 pm

We saw Duke on 29th Jan at about 10am at the Mlondozi picnic site (well he was at the dam).

He headed off towards the H10 at the top of the Mlondozi (S29) loop.

We had previously spent two days further south the week before looking for him around Duke's waterhole with no luck so guess if going soon best to try the Mlondozi loop area instead?

Good luck :wink:

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Unread postby bucky » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:11 am

He apparently likes to hang about in the maroela veld around mlondozi this time of the year.
He tends to move to the S28 area for most of the winter and spring time.

Thanks for the headsup on his last possy lastpride :D

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:41 am

KNP Spokesman wrote:
Boabab wrote:Can someone tell me what happens to the tusk will it be sent to Letaba directly or is it going someware else


Hi Boabab

The tusk first needs to follow the CITES procedure in this regard. We need to weigh it, take measurements etc and fill it into the register here in Skukuza.

I know that Neels van Wyk wanted to clean it too as it is pretty dirty (check out the photograph Lynn - Bucky's SO - posted).

A decision will then be made as to where it will go but everyone seems to be in favour of it going to the Letaba Elephant Hall (its rightful and proper place).

I have no idea when it will eventually find its way to Letaba but some of us here are pushing for it as quickly as possible while the event is still fresh in people's memories.

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:53 am

I can give you an update on this.

The debate to include Duke's tusks are still going on. Even thou Duke is a famous ellie, the other considerations are that Mafunyane, Shawu etc all were also very famous ellies.

Although I mentioned the above, the following considerations are probably more important.

For an elephant's tusks to be included in the Elephant Hall, the elephants tusks have to either be longer or heavier then any of the current tusks in the hall.

Unfortunately at present there Elephant Hall is a full capacity and to include more tusks the Hall would need to be extended.

Hope this clears it up a bit.
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Unread postby rayb » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:14 pm

In that case, could it be mounted on a suitable wall at LS or CB which I believe are his main stamping grounds?
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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:01 am

What secrecy, red tape and politics??? :?

Dukes tusk is still locked up. He does not qualify for the Elephant Hall which is at full capacity anyway and there is no safe location that is also big enough in the two camps (LS and CB) to house the Tusk.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:10 am

I can't see the elephant museum being @ such full capacity that it is unable to accommodate half a tusk. But anyways... What's wrong with Skukuza museum then?

If Duke's tusk can't be on display because it's not big or famous enough. Then why is there a tusk and a skull of two unknown elephants in the elephant museum?

The magnificent 7 is a bit before my time, but I feel that Duke is just as well known for his era.
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