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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Radman » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Got these two young bulls at Maroela loop part of a huge herd in June 2011

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby adw » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:14 pm

This large bull was photographed on the S90 in January this year. I find the S90 a verygood road to photograph these large bulls as they graze on the grasslands.

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:22 am

I apologise if this has been mentioned before, but when we were staying in Biyamiti in June, we were watching elephants coming down into the river bed one evening when we heard someone blowing a vuvuzela in short bursts a few seconds apart coming towards us . At first we wondered if it was a child, but as an elephant came up the river bed, we realised that this was where the noise was originating. It stopped to feed opposite us and the paarp-ing noise continued as it fed. it was pretty loud but the rest of the herd seemed totally accustomed to it and when it finally left, we could hear it progressing up the river bed for ages. It looked fairly young. Does anyone have any ideas about the cause? We had already named it Vuvuzela by the time it left and kept an ear open for it for the rest of our time in camp, but didn't hear it again. Below is a rather poor pic.

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:37 am

This must make life a tad difficult at times??

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Seen 19 July 2011 - H4-2 just south of Lower Sabie
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Re: Elephant

Unread postby salamanda » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:37 pm

RosemaryH I think this is a female in the 'New and Promising Tusker' group called MaKungwe. You might like to post it for Aat to ID in the 'Tuskers' thread.

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:27 pm

Hi all!! Image

Have you noticed these long legged elephants?
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This one was seen by my folks yesterday near Berg En Dal. Quite unusual in my experience for the Oil Fountains to have such long legs :hmz: My folks say they saw many long legged ones!
Do you think it has to do with a certain area? :hmz:
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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:05 pm

Hello, cheetah!

Big elephants like that one appear to have longer legs!

Nothing strange, and one can see the relatively small head size indicating it's a tall boy!

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:41 pm

We were also quite struck by how small this Bull Ellie's head seemed?

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:59 pm

Very interesting info 100ponder, thanks. :thumbs_up:
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Identify an elephant with collar

Unread postby Ghislain Gosse » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:00 pm

Please,

This elephant with a collar has been photographed on 15th August, this year in the early morning near the Ximangwaneni dam (on the gravel road to Talamati). Photo is not a high quality one. This elephant has a huge "hump" on the left side (underlined in red).
Why this elephant has a collar?

I hope that photo will be attached
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Re: Identify an elephant with collar

Unread postby Aat » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:32 pm

Coming to your question: There are a few organizations active to track and trace the movements and life of elephants. One of them is STE (save the elphants).
They have collared elephants in different parts of Africa and one of those area's is Kruger.
Most "famous" and also a big tusker is MAC.

Also Sanparks has collared a living legend, called Duke.
He lives in the southern part of Kruger (Crocodile Bridge up to Tshokwane).
He lost both big tusks and since they like to add his scull to the Letaba Hall they collared him to track him quickly when he dies. Duke is in his 50'ties and on his last set of teeth.

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby adw » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:41 am

During my 3 night stay at Balule I made several trips to the Bangu waterhole and encountered several large bulls as they came down to drink including this magnificent bull. Although he only had one tusk of medium length he was still a very impressive bull.

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Re: Identify an elephant with collar

Unread postby Aat » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:09 pm

His name is Mellow , named by the STE (Save The Elephants) org.
By the collar they can track and trace some elephants to learn more about their movements.
I get a report every few months so I can see where some of them are, like Mac.
Mac was recently in the Mopani area (near Tsendze riverbed)

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Re: Identify an elephant with collar

Unread postby Ghislain Gosse » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:05 am

Many thanks for the identification
To put a name on an elephant gives a new dimension to this great animal, more affective!
Do you know the origin of the "hump/tumour" on its left side?

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Re: Identify an elephant with collar

Unread postby Aat » Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:09 pm

The origin CAN BE the result of a fight with another bull.
Not that long ago (about a year ago) MAC had a similar injury but healed well.


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