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 Post subject: Valli Moosa
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:51 pm 
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Location: Addo - Southern Gate, where elephants left their footprint
Is it possible for someone to let me know how old this huge elephant is? I have a few friends and guests who ask and I would also like to know!
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 Post subject: Addo: Elephant Valli M
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:49 pm 
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We saw this Ellie in Addo last week and it looked to me like it could be one of the bigger tuskers in the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Is This an ADDO Tusker?
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:56 pm 
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Yes Henk, this is really a big tusker for an Addo born ellie. I took this photo last weekend at Hapoor. I think it's the same bull.

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 Post subject: Re: Valli Moosa
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Hi Apple,
We don't have an exact age for Valli because he is one of the bulls that was translocated here from Kruger, but our best estimates are that he is about 45 years old.

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 Post subject: Re: Is This an ADDO Tusker?
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This is Valli M who is the biggest tusker in the Park at present and is one the bulls that were translocated here from Kruger National Park in 2002.

In fact, I remember the day well - Monday 15 April 2002 - because it was my first day of work in Addo Elephant National Park :D What a great day!

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You can see in both J.J's and Henk's photos that Valli is in musth and is associating with the family groups of elephant cows for an opportunity to breed.

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 Post subject: Re: Valli Moosa
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:22 pm 
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Last Saturday at Hapoor dam...

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 Post subject: Re: Valli Moosa
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Our Cammers might have captured Valli today too 8)

RonnieL wrote:
PJL wrote:
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Thanks for saving PJL :thumbs_up:
This looks like Valli Moosa, the large Addo elephant :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Valli Moosa
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:44 pm 
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Hi,

We were in Addo on June 4 and on the way back to camp before gate closing we encountered an elephant with the biggest tusks I have ever seen in the middle of the gravel road between Hapoor Dam and Rooldam. I think this isValli Moosa, can someone confirm ? We were keeping a safe distance behind him for quite some time and he had no intentions of getting out of the road and it was getting later and later, we knew we wouldn't get back to camp in time. We debated back and forth about what to do, just wait it out or try and get past him. Eventually a car behind us went past him at a very close distance and he didn't seem bothered at all. We waited a bit more, there was another car behind us as well and finally we decided to go. I think we passed him with about a meters distance. I was terrified he was going to either turn the car over with those tusks or stick one through the car. We were late getting back anyways (2 other cars too) and got locked out. Someone called the guard and explained the situation, he was not happy but let us all in. What should we have done ? I have now read since being home that the Addo elephants are quite docile but I dont think we should have risked it. It was quite the adventure. So here he is :

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 Post subject: Re: Valli Moosa
Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:47 am 
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That bull looks in musth to me, check out all of the black secretions coming out of his facial gland. Wow. I would definitely have been scared if I was there, but I agree with everyone who said most elephants are quite docile and used to seeing cars.



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