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Unread postby Loams » Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:23 pm

Nope, never seen a tusker of note. Seen some extraordinarily large bulls (Pic below was one), but none of the great tuskers.

To get a better idea of this fella's size, click on the picture itself

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*EDIT* Thanks DQ for a clearer pic
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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:07 pm

Can anybody tell me how old Duke is please?

I have tried looking for the original Duke thread to no avail.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:18 am

Elsa wrote:Can anybody tell me how old Duke is please?

I have tried looking for the original Duke thread to no avail.

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Elsa, no one is realy sure, but he is estimated to be between 55 and 60. He does not have many years left, so if you want to see him alive, it would be a good idea to go now.
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Unread postby Elsa » Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:43 am

Thanks for that WTM.

We are only due to go in Feb. and May/June next year but will make finding him a priority. I would hate to miss out on seeing one of the biggest tuskers in the world in the flesh.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:52 am

Elsa wrote:Thanks for that WTM.

We are only due to go in Feb. and May/June next year but will make finding him a priority. I would hate to miss out on seeing one of the biggest tuskers in the world in the flesh.


I was very fortunate to have seen Mabarule in 2002. He passed away late last year. One can't wait to see these old boys. Their times are running out quickly. Good luck to us all yet to find Duke! :wink:
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Unread postby Loams » Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:48 pm

Elsa wrote:Thanks for that WTM.

We are only due to go in Feb. and May/June next year but will make finding him a priority. I would hate to miss out on seeing one of the biggest tuskers in the world in the flesh.


Psssst, he is currently the biggest tusker in the world. Before him it was Mandleve
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Unread postby Freda » Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:45 pm

Just found this interesting site :D
http://www.themagnificentseven.co.uk/duke.htm

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Mabarule

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:01 am

Pictures aren't too great. Had to get it off a 2001 video tape.

Here is somepics of what was believed to be Mabarule we took south of Mopani. As we all know, he died last year. Enjoy! I have some video clips too. If interested send me an email to wildtuinman@yahoo.com. It is fairly big. 20mb each, 2 clips.

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Unread postby Freda » Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:57 pm

Saw this magnificent ellie at Shingwedzi on the 9th Nov, my first big tusker :) Mashagadzi, I believe.
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Unread postby Nico » Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:55 pm

Yes Freda, that is Mashagadzi and here is Mashagadzi 2004 near Shingwedzi made by my wife Yvonne.

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Letaba (the ellie, not the camp)

Unread postby Chris » Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:05 am

Can anyone give me info on a tusker named Letaba? I will appreciate anything, posted on the forum, by PM or e-mail.

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:20 am

Hi Chris ...

Here is some info I obtained previously ...

He was also mentioned in the book "Veldwagters Vertel"

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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:09 am

:thumbs_up:

I enquired about him after reading "Veldwagters Vertel" ... He was a very gentle giant who caused a few rangers to get hernia's laughing when he tried to cross the newly electrified fence!! :lol:
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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:32 pm

DDW wrote:Masbambela really was extremely relaxed on this occasion, considering that he rarely ventures close to tourist roads: we were parked only metres away from him for more than half-an-hour without him showing any agitation at all. He is HUGE!!!!


Would love to know where in the park you saw him, please? A breathtaking sighting indeed!!
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Unread postby DDW » Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:05 am

We found him on the S56 Mphongolo River Loop (gravel road between Shingwedzi and Babalala Picnic Spot) just north of the short (2km) link road between the S56 and the Shingwedzi-Punda tar road, @ 09:15 on the 15th of January 06.


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