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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:52 pm

Arks,
I am sorry but can't ID this bull by the pictures. It is only guessing. It is difficult to estimate his tusks, looking at the right one it does not look that long , it looks like the left one is a bit longer.


[quote="arks"]Did this one get lost amongst others or is he just impossible to ID from these pix?
[quote="arks"]I saw this possible tusker along the H14 on 22 April 2012, in the area of the turnoff to Shimuwini (I don't recall precisely where, but about 10 minutes before I crossed the Letaba low level bridge) and what was interesting was that he was with a breeding herd, altho he wasn't showing any 'interest' in the cows. Unfortunately I only saw his right side (and not even a great view of that :( )

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby arks » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:40 am

Thanks, Aat, I knew that there likely wasn't enough information in the pix I have. I just thought it most interesting that he was with a breeding herd.

This last tusker I've been able to ID from your excellent website. It is Mahlahini and I saw him on 26 April 2012 along the H9 less than a kilmeter west of the H1-5/6 intersection. I might not have seen him at all if people in a car traveling east hadn't stopped to get out and retrieve their camera from the boot :big_eyes: For me at that point he was quite well hidden, but once I knew that he was there I was able to reposition to get these pix 8)

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:22 am

arks wrote: I might not have seen him at all if people in a car traveling east hadn't stopped to get out and retrieve their camera from the boot :big_eyes: pix 8)

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Arks - Nice pic of the ellie :thumbs_up: But no pic of people misbehaving ---- and so close to a breeding herd of ellies :hmz:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby arks » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:36 pm

okie wrote:Arks - Nice pic of the ellie :thumbs_up: But no pic of people misbehaving ---- and so close to a breeding herd of ellies :hmz:

Thanks, okie. However, you misunderstood as Mahlahini was on his own and that's where the rule breakers were (and I wasn't quick enough to get a photo of them). It was the previously posted 'anonymous' bull who was with the breeding herd. Sorry if my post was confusing :redface:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:02 pm

Arks :thumbs_up:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Digby » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:18 pm

Hi All,

Now that a respectful time has passed since old king Duke passed away, isn't it time the new king was identified and crowned?

How about it, Aat?!? Who do you propose as the new King of Kruger?

Or should we wait until the obvious successor reveals himself over time?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:54 pm

Digby wrote:Hi All,

Now that a respectful time has passed since old king Duke passed away, isn't it time the new king was identified and crowned?

How about it, Aat?!? Who do you propose as the new King of Kruger?

Or should we wait until the obvious successor reveals himself over time?



Well , we do know that Mac is Aat's favourite :whistle:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:45 pm

Digby,
I made a top ten list at my tusker site... For me personally Okie is right !! My favourite is Mac , since he was the first big tusker I ever met and impressed me very much. After that I started thinking about how to make other people "hot" for the tuskers.
Based on facts I think Masthulele has the longest tusks at the moment ...


Digby wrote:Hi All,

Now that a respectful time has passed since old king Duke passed away, isn't it time the new king was identified and crowned?

How about it, Aat?!? Who do you propose as the new King of Kruger?

Or should we wait until the obvious successor reveals himself over time?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:05 am

I was browsing through my photos and I found these pictures taken close to Babalala picnic site in Jan 2010.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:56 pm

MM,
The tusker on your pictures is named after the picnic site.... Babalala
If you like to ID / check , lighten up your picture with your photo program... check the marks on his right ear and you can see the loose peace of skin at the center and the notches in the lower part of the earlobe.
His right tusk has a so called grass notch ... :) :)

[quote="Meandering Mouse"]I was browsing through my photos and I found these pictures taken close to Babalala picnic site in Jan 2010.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:20 am

Been very tardy with posting any of my tusker pics from our Feb trip but unfortunately we didn't really get any great sightings or pics but I will share the couple that I have.
Not even sure if we will get definite ID's from them. :?
Think we need Jock with us, she is the tusker queen! 8)

This ellie was seen walking towards the river from the H1-6 just above Letaba camp.

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and this one was just below Shingwedzi and seen from the H1-6.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:53 pm

Hi Else,

Your no 3 pic is Mashashule.

Not certain who the one approaching the water is.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:15 pm

100ponder wrote:Your no 3 pic is Mashashule.
Not certain who the one approaching the water is.
Thanks so much! thought he must have been one of the named ones, just a pity he was determined to stay in the shade that day!
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:33 am

Elsa,

Mashashule gave us similar treatment on our first encounter early June this year.
It was just before gate closure time when we saw an elephant's back-side sticking out the bush blocking us from passing.

We edged closer and he briefly backed onto the road and we could ID him. He then moved forward right into dense bush and proceeded to feed as if we don't exist until we just had to leave for camp.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Digby » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:17 am

Hi All,

Getting back to identifying the new elephant king of Kruger.

My SO and I were staying at Letaba late September and I made my usual visit to the Elephant Hall to spend some time with the great ones. :D

I was chatting with the lady on duty at the desk and she said that Mililuane seems to be the favourite to be nominated as the new king.

He seems to be carrying heavy ivory yet he doesn't feature on Aat's list of the top ten candidates.

My view is that the new king should be the elephant with the heaviest ivory. If that is indeed Mililuane, then he should be acclaimed as the new king. Would appreciate your views.

Has anyone seen Mililuane recently? His ivory should be even heavier by now.

Regards,

Digby.


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