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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby JenB » Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:10 am

Hi Aat,

We did a short trip to Kruger but saw a few quite impressive elephants. Most of them are probably not famous but were beautiful anyway. :)

This one seems like it could be Nwanetsi? We found him on the S100.
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Unread postby JenB » Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:45 am

We found this one on Capricorn road near Mopani.

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The crop shows a v-shaped notch in the left ear.
I'm wondering, could it be Nshawani?
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:10 am

Hi Jen,

The elephant you found on the S100 is most likely the newly named Nwanetsi.

Right area, similar tusks, similar wart above right eye. . . .

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby JenB » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:27 am

Hi Gerrie,

Wow! Well thank you! :D
I did not even notice the wart. :doh:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:43 am

The only reason JenB goes to Kruger - to get as close to elephants as she can. Right up next to them, to stroke them sort of stuff :twisted:
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Unread postby JenB » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:51 am

Oh yes, as close as I can. No fear! :twisted:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:56 pm

JenB,
Like 100ponder said, first one is Nwanetsi.
Second one is not a named one , it's not Nshawani.
btw....JenB...who is Dinkybird ? :whistle: :whistle: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby JenB » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:03 pm

Thank you Aat!!
That's great to know that we saw at least one of the tuskers on your website. :dance: :dance:

I have one more, a pic we took more than a year ago. I can't find a match so if you don't mind, I'd post in the morning for your expert opinion. :)

Aat wrote:btw....JenB...who is Dinkybird ? :whistle: :whistle: :lol: :lol:

Aag, ignore her! She's just someone who drops by every now and again to torment me! :twisted: :lol:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:14 pm

JenB,
That morning is still to come ? :whistle: :whistle:

JenB wrote:Thank you Aat!!
That's great to know that we saw at least one of the tuskers on your website. :dance: :dance:

I have one more, a pic we took more than a year ago. I can't find a match so if you don't mind, I'd post in the morning for your expert opinion. :)

Aat wrote:btw....JenB...who is Dinkybird ? :whistle: :whistle: :lol: :lol:

Aag, ignore her! She's just someone who drops by every now and again to torment me! :twisted: :lol:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:09 pm

@ ALL

For all who are looking for MAC (one of the biggest tuskers in the wider Kruger)

I just received an update from STE (Save The Elephants org)

As part of his year to year "journey":
MAC began has journey south on the 14th of May reaching the Timbavati private reserves area on the 26th of May, travelling over 100km in 12 days to reach the breeding herds within the Greater Kruger Area.

So if you are in that area you possibly can capture him there. :) :)

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Re: Big Tuskers - Mpenza?

Unread postby Gavin E » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:33 am

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Hi everbody, would like your expert opinion please, saw this big boy in the Shingwedzi river in 2010, is this Mpenza before he broke his tusk? I see he is wearing a collar.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:57 am

Hi Gavin,

I am 99% sure you have seen Mpenza.

Interesting to see the trunk damage on your photos - it reminds of the trunk damage of Marhumbini which might have been caused by a crocodile attack. [ A video of such an attack was doing the rounds some years ago. ]

In the case of Marhumbini the scars seem permanent but the scars are not visible on any of the photos on Mpenza's page of the TUSKERSOFAFTICA website.

Also note the scar on the LH tusk bulge of your first photo - could not have been crocodile.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby KobusF » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:00 am

Hi friends.......Can anyone tell me if this ellie is a known tusker?

I saw it in 12 June 2011 on the H4-2 between S28 and S130
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Gavin E » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:24 am

Thanks 100ponder, did not even notice the trunk damage until you pointed it out, very interesting! Am heading up to Mopani and Punda on Monday, have printed Aats booklet and am hoping to spot some more.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:43 pm

Aat wrote:@ ALL

For all who are looking for MAC (one of the biggest tuskers in the wider Kruger)

I just received an update from STE (Save The Elephants org)

As part of his year to year "journey":
MAC began has journey south on the 14th of May reaching the Timbavati private reserves area on the 26th of May, travelling over 100km in 12 days to reach the breeding herds within the Greater Kruger Area.

So if you are in that area you possibly can capture him there. :) :)



Its been a long time since I last saw him, every trip is very high on my "to see" list!
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