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The bonds between male elephants are not as strong as those between females. Females stay in one group for their lifetime. Males wander on their own, sometimes travelling with others, and then parting company again.

Because elephants have a home range with which they are familiar, and in which they spend the vast majority of their time, individual bulls will meet each other, and form bonds. They are after all highly intelligent and social animals, and do live a long time. Within the male society a dominance structure will be established in the process.

While the idea of Askaris is very romantic, it is not as well defined as some would like to believe. Yes, younger bulls will sometimes accompany an older bull, and yes there will be some type of social bond there. But it is by no means a permanent guard accompanying an old bull to protect him.

It is possible that Duke may even be the other elephants father. Duke is way past his breeding age, and must be the father of quite a few adult elephant in that area.

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Go to the s28, then blow your Fufusela to make the sound of a elephant cow on heat. That also brings him to the road. :D


Hey LaeveldLeeu, WTM and Inberbe - got to see Duke within half an hour of getting to the park. The fufusela worked :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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If one were to make an educated guess, what would be the height of Dukes legs be and his overall height and his approximate weight?

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The broken off part of the tooth was approx. 1.7 meters in length. Take a guess from there!

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So going by that I would say Duke stands about 10 feet tall and is about 11 feet from tail to front of head. That is 1 large friend. For those that have seen him would you say this is about the feel of the size you got.

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I have not seen Duke yet but I believe he is not a very big elephant.

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You are absolutely right Jock - when we saw Duke together with your Mum and Dad we were surprised at how much smaller he was in stature in comparison to the Askaris that were with him on that occasion! There tusks were not as long of course but they were much bigger elephants! We are hoping to find him in 6 weeks time!

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He is also an older elephant. He would start loosing bulk, as his general health starts declining.

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We also found Duke to be small in stature compared to some elephants we have seen.

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 Post subject: Duke has broken his 2nd tusk
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Duke has been sighted this morning without his only tusk- uncomfirmed

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I'll see if we can find out anything...

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Thanx DQ, wonder , if this is true, whether they will be able to trace the tusk? Shame old man is at his end.


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thats not good news, this was wednesday, i now count myself very lucky


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I am not surprised.

His last molars are unable to process the food he takes in. That leads to a low nutrient in take and hence the reason for his tusks becoming that brittle.

I think the final chapter is drawing to an end for this majestic elephant.

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:big_eyes: Oh no, i really hope it's not true! I haven't seen him in the 'glory' old days, but was previllaged enough to have seen him last year in December near Tshokwane. Couldn't found him this year during March... :( Thought i read somewhere (Getaway of June ???) thats he is about 60 to 65 years old, but not sure :hmz: Hope he will be still around in December this year...


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