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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:27 pm

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Pumbaa » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:44 pm

Hlanganini :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:57 am

Correct :thumbs_up:

Hlanganini it is. The bottom of his left ear has been torn off, leaving him with a square-shaped lower left ear.

Hlanganini is a Tsonga word which means ‘at the reeds’. This bull is named after the Hlanganini spruit south-west of the Letaba rest camp, which has its confluence with the Letaba River between the rest camp and the Engelhard Dam.

He is currently the largest known tusker in the KNP that still has both his tusks. Earlier this year he broke off part of his left tusk. The broken piece has to date not been recovered.
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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:15 am

Great quiz, Nungu! :thumbs_up: Thanks. Isn't Hlanganini absolutely exquisite!! By the way, is that picture before he broke his tusk off? And where is he most often seen?
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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:29 am

onewithnature wrote:Great quiz, Nungu! :thumbs_up: Thanks. Isn't Hlanganini absolutely exquisite!! By the way, is that picture before he broke his tusk off? And where is he most often seen?


Thanks OWN

Yes that pic was before he broke his tusk - here is a more recent one

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He is most spotted around Letaba, Hlanganini spruit and Engelhard Dam.
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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby onewithnature » Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:54 am

Oh, isn't his tusks in the Elephant Hall in Letaba?

I'll guess, cos I can't remember them all: Tshokwane?
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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:17 am

onewithnature wrote:Oh, isn't his tusks in the Elephant Hall in Letaba?


That's right - his tusks are displayed at Letaba - It's not Tshokwane though - this Bull roamed a few km's further South...
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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:06 am

Mandleve .

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:29 am

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Well done Mikev - didn't need many clues this time did you?

Mandleve it is indeed - ease recognisable by a huge V-Shaped tear in his left ear.

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He was often found near Skukuza, the Kruger gate or in the reed beds of the Sabie river. He was usually escorted by 4 young bulls, helping him to push over trees etc. He died from old age (approx. 56 years) and his carcass and tusks were discovered in September 1993, about 10km from Skukuza.

He still holds the title for the heaviest tusks ever recorded in KNP with a combined weight of 142,4kg. His tusks were so heavy, he often rested them in the fork of a tree or on the river bank.
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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:03 pm

Re: Mandleve - The tusks were the realy recognizable feature but the tear was decisive .

Re: next photo - Mafunyane , tusks touching the ground but the hole in the head from a poachers $*@#$ bullet is diagnostic .

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:16 pm

OK Mikev - I'll have to make it harder then!!!

It is indeed Mafunyane - as you rightly point out, the long tusks (scraping the ground) and the hole in the head is an easy give-away (don't know that it was caused by a bullet though??)

Known as the irretable one - he was very shy and rarely seen by tourists as he kept away from roads and roamed the Shangoni (remote north-western) section of the park.

He had a 10cm hole that penetrated 40cm into his skull and he was also able to breath through this hole - also let rain in!!

His tusks were perfectly symmetrical and were the exact same length and weight. They were oval in cross section, giving the impression of being heavier than it was. One of the toes on his left hind foot was splayed to one side so that he left a distinctive impression, very different from other elephants.

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Nungu » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:05 pm

This one is alittle harder...

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Re: Tuskers ID (OQ)

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:34 pm

Unlike the last 2 , which I could ID , this one I had to look up . I have discovered your source so I know the answer , but I want someone else to answer as I did not know the answer initialy .


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