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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby BushFairy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:37 pm

Sorry, I'm busy going through old elephant sightings. This cow was seen near Satara in October 2010. Any chance this is MaTrix?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby BushFairy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:00 pm

Last one! This bull was seen in January 2011 at the southern end of the S36. Anyone know anything about him?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:27 pm

Hi Bush Fairy,

Do you have any side view photos of the S25 elephant ?
[ Indeed a impressive elephant ! ]

Side views will make ID easier.

The same goes for the S36 elephant - any side views ?

Also, please send your MaTrix photo to Aat, I am sure he will add such a clear and detailed photo to the MaTrix page of TUSKERSOFAFRICA.

Gerrie.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:58 pm

Hi Friedrich von Hörsten,

When Aat ID'ed your Punda Gate elephant as Riceho I had great difficulty in believing him.

I eventually compared your photo to the one I posted in Page 182 and noticed that both photos show a very small wisp of tail hair on the left side of the tail tip, otherwise a bald tail tip !

So Aat was correct - it is indeed Riceho !
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Well done Aat !

Gerrie.

PS :- What is the correct pronunciation of Riceho ?
Why is the Riceho stream named such - the spelling and sound is out of step
with Venda and Shangaan.

Please note that normally a bald tail tip equates to an old elephant but this
chap doesn't show any other signs of old age.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby BushFairy » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:33 pm

Thanks Gerrie!

I'll forward that picture of MaTrix on to Aat :thumbs_up:

This is the S36 ellie, unfortunately this is the only pic I could get of him side-on:
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This is the S25 ellie, left and right profile:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:43 pm

Ferdelance,
Idd a big boy. I can't ID him but certainly he did not like this car... think he likes more a 4WD SUV :lol: :lol:

Ferdelance wrote:Good Afternoon Aat and fellow mites.

For all those who haven't seen this :

Kruger monday morning:

http://www.news24.com/Travel/Multimedia/Elephant-v-Car-20121114


Looks like a big tusker if you ask me! Maybe Aat will know him. Was seen near Berg en Dal if I remember the story correctly. Still wild animals at the end of the day hey! :big_eyes:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:01 pm

BushFairy,
I am just back and after some "recovery" days (impossible !! after 4 weeks Kruger ) just had a look at your pictures. I must say difficult but think this one is Mitomeni, with the wide notch in right ear and several smaller ones in left ear... and shape / size of tusks and the location you have seen him.
Mitomeni is a kind of "bush" tusker... what I mean is that he is hiding himselves often in thicker bush I guess. Not that often seen and photographed. From behind tusks can do look "diffferent" than frontal view. You think they are more straight and if you look from the side or frontal they look more curved... I experienced it myself several times also this trip.
So... it is just my opinion and sure, not 100%.


[quote="BushFairy"]Hello everyone :gflower:

Please can you help me identify this tusker. He was relaxing in the heat of the day so he was far and very difficult to photograph. I'm going to add four pics that show the tusks from different angles (unfortunately only from behind) and then also of his ears.

He was seen on the H2-2, and I have looked at Fayi's pictures on Aat website and compared them 100 times but I am very doubtful that this is him (despite where he was seen). I would definitely say his impressive thick and long tusks are over 100 pounds. His left tusk is longer and straighter than the right (about 30-40cm longer) and he has a large notch out of his right ear with many smaller notches in his left ear.

My opinion, after looking at every tusker recorded on Aat's beautiful site, is that this is NGOTSO. Comments please?

Once again, I apologise for the poor photographs, but a tusker is a tusker I guess..... :wink:

Thanks in advance for your help :D

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:09 pm

BushFairy,
Interesting pics of this bull, I can't ID him.
Please feel free to send your tusker pics to me by mail so I can add them to my database so I can see if I have more entries to compare and see what I can do.
tuskers@zeelandnet.nl


[quote="BushFairy"]Thanks Gerrie :thumbs_up:

Yes it does, the big bulls are my absolute favourite and there is still so much to learn about them. I'm sure that with Aat's comprehensive site and everyone posting their big tusker pics on here we are going to find that their ranges are much bigger than previously thought and we'll all realise how complex the reasons for their movement are.

Here is a (possible?) tusker seen on the same day on the S25 (crocodile river road). Anyone know anything about him?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:26 pm

100ponder,
About Riceho.
It's is a small "river" north of shingwedzi.
pronunciation of Riceho... name is portuguese so it sounds almost like Rifejo
I think the name is based on the fact that this "rivers" spruit / source was in the Mozambique area.


100ponder wrote:Hi Friedrich von Hörsten,

When Aat ID'ed your Punda Gate elephant as Riceho I had great difficulty in believing him.

I eventually compared your photo to the one I posted in Page 182 and noticed that both photos show a very small wisp of tail hair on the left side of the tail tip, otherwise a bald tail tip !

So Aat was correct - it is indeed Riceho !
.

Well done Aat !

Gerrie.

PS :- What is the correct pronunciation of Riceho ?
Why is the Riceho stream named such - the spelling and sound is out of step
with Venda and Shangaan.

Please note that normally a bald tail tip equates to an old elephant but this
chap doesn't show any other signs of old age.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:12 pm

Here now our pictures of a tusker we met on 24.02.2012 directly at Moiplaas waterhole.

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Hopefully our tusker whisperer might know him :thumbs_up:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:27 pm

Pumbaa,
Great shots of this tusker :thumbs_up:
Whisper ...whisper.... it is Masasana
Looking forward for a nice email :pray:

[quote="Pumbaa"]Here now our pictures of a tusker we met on 24.02.2012 directly at Moiplaas waterhole.


Hopefully our tusker whisperer might know him :thumbs_up:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:33 pm

WoW Aat,

not only a tusker whisperer but also a fast one :gflower:

Thanks so much for your help in identifying him :dance: :dance: :dance:

Email will for sure come in due course :dance:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:04 pm

Thanks for sending :gflower:

Pumbaa wrote:WoW Aat,

not only a tusker whisperer but also a fast one :gflower:

Thanks so much for your help in identifying him :dance: :dance: :dance:

Email will for sure come in due course :dance:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:02 pm

Hi Aat!

I'm glad you got back safely from your trip here! Was good to meet you & Elly!

Here are the first of the big guys that I would like to get ID'd or confirmed.

No 1. Not sure if this one is big enough to be a tusker. taken in the vicinity of Mopani camp.
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No 2. Taken at Mooiplaas Water hole, I didn't realise that the one at the back had such long tusks until I was processing these pictures when I got home.
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No 3. On the S50 near Shingwedzi, I think this is Shisha. I remember being impressed by the size of this elephant!
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Highbury » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:52 pm

I see Mooiplaas waterhole is still open - can anyone give a report on which holes have been closed in Mopani area . Will be there next week but would appreciate report . I read that my favourite - Tihongonyeni has been closed since I was last there in July , but not sure which others . Would also apprecaite any comment on the sightings on capricorn loop since the closures . Suppose the roan , hartebeest and eland sightings are not as frequent now ?


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