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Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:01 pm

Jose wrote:Arks, Mandleve had a huge tear in his left ear; Tshokwane a much smaller, rounded notch in his right, much like the one visible in the pics you posted. Hence the thought that it could have been Tshokwane. Unfortunately the pics were not that clear.


Thanks for clarifying, Jose. I'm just excited, even almost 21 years later, that I might have seen a famous big tusker. Funny how that can still be thrilling, even in retrospect. It was only my 2nd day in KNP - talk about beginner's luck!

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Unread postby Baobab Hill » Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:56 pm

Hi everyone!
Thanks for all the news and the great pix and of course, now I will have to spell his name correctly :redface:
I will be in Shingwidzi next year in August, so I hope I get to see him again.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:18 am

I was lucky enought to see Duke. It was a really special sighting. Where about did you see him cj100?
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Unread postby cj001 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:43 am

It was on the S28 on my way from croc bridge to Lower Sabie about 5km on the gravel road

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:25 pm

cj001 wrote:It was on the S28 on my way from croc bridge to Lower Sabie about 5km on the gravel road

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That is where I saw him in May :dance:
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Unread postby cj001 » Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:40 pm

Dinky.....

There was acctualy two eliie him and another one but the other one was a very young bull... but they where very calm.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:43 pm

cj001 wrote:Dinky.....

There was acctualy two eliie him and another one but the other one was a very young bull... but they where very calm.

There was also a young bull with him in May. Wonder if it was the same one you saw? He has tusks about 70cm long - hope I have guessed that right. Both were feeding on the left side of the road.
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Unread postby Jose » Fri Sep 23, 2005 1:12 pm

Wild@Heart wrote:Yip ... that looks like Duke ...


Not only looks like da Duke, tis him and one of his Askaris. :D

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:43 am

I'm glad to see Duke is showing himself again.
He was seen frequently in that area in May/June this year and we managed to miss seeing him a frustrating twice just by turning the wrong way at the right time!! :( :?

Is it "normal" for him to be seen in the company of another ellie, unless it was a female!!
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:08 am

Elsa wrote:I'm glad to see Duke is showing himself again.
He was seen frequently in that area in May/June this year and we managed to miss seeing him a frustrating twice just by turning the wrong way at the right time!! :( :?

Is it "normal" for him to be seen in the company of another ellie, unless it was a female!!


Old bull will be accompanied by younger ones, named askari's. They will learn from this old bull and in return be his eyes and ears. Duke is way to old to mate and he has somewhat of an problem with those two white pillars that protrudes from his face. :lol:
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Unread postby Loams » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:17 am

I was wondering if he could still produce semen?? Won't it make sense to artificially fertilise cows with his genes? Surely then the big tuskers would make a return?

I know what I said about elephant overpopulation, but I am curious about this particular bull.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:24 am

Loams wrote:I was wondering if he could still produce semen?? Won't it make sense to artificially fertilise cows with his genes? Surely then the big tuskers would make a return?

I know what I said about elephant overpopulation, but I am curious about this particular bull.


You believe me, his genes are present in many bulls in that south eastern section of Kruger. He has done his job, let him be.
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Unread postby Loams » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:35 am

Fair comment. I hope that when they cull, they take this into consideration. Would hate those magnificent genes to be weakened even in the slightest
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:41 am

Loams wrote:Fair comment. I hope that when they cull, they take this into consideration. Would hate those magnificent genes to be weakened even in the slightest


As far as I know they mostly cull family groups. Cows and smaller calves. KNP has got some of the biggest tuskers in Africa. There are hordes of good genes in KNP to last a long time.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:58 am

Loams wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:
Loams wrote:Fair comment. I hope that when they cull, they take this into consideration. Would hate those magnificent genes to be weakened even in the slightest


As far as I know they mostly cull family groups. Cows and smaller calves. KNP has got some of the biggest tuskers in Africa. There are hordes of good genes in KNP to last a long time.


So why don't I see them???? :shock:

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Now how so? You have never seen the big blokes?

I was fortunate to see Mabarule a year before he passed on. I also saw the Shingwedzi one tusk catankerous eledude and several other monsters ele's with lekka tusks.

You should seriously reconsider stop drinking that champagne at 6:00. :twisted:
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