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Will Duke's Tusks be on Display in Letaba Elephant Hall

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Digby » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:48 am

Hi All,

On a recent trip to KNP I visited the Elephant Hall in Letaba.

While chatting with the lady on duty at the desk we got around to discussing Duke and the possibility of his tusks ever being displayed there. It sounded like it won't happen.

Duke broke both of his tusks while he was still alive and this seems to disqualify him. Although his tusks were found and they now make up a near weight record for KNP, and one of them is the longest, they are not complete tusks.

Poor old Joao of the Magnificent Seven doesn't even rate a mention these days, yet his tusks were the heaviest of the Magnificent Seven when they were recorded some years before he lost them. Unfortunately, they were lost while he was alive and were never found and he can't take his rightful place in the hall.

I think that Duke's tusks should be displayed, if only because of the incredible story of how the broken pieces were found and recovered. He is only 2 kg's away from the outright record and one of his tusks is longer than Shawu's.

Oh, and he was the king of Kruger for many years.

Perhaps space can be made for a photographic display of the fantastic tuskers who don't qualify to have their tusks displayed. Thinking about it, there are at least 30 of these grand old bulls who should have some recognition. It wouldn't take up a lot of room in the hall. The photographs don't have to be large ones.

Ironically, many of them had tusks that are heavier than Shingwedzi, Dzombo and perhaps even Mafunyane, so a photo display of them is a good idea, I think.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:21 am

Digby, that would indeed be such a nice idea, if some recognition could be given to Duke and the others.
Just some photos and stories would be better than nothing, if indeed his tusks will not be displayed. :thumbs_up:

I don't know the practicalities of this, but it would be great if possible. :clap:

Maybe some of us forum members could donate photos that we've taken over the years. :hmz:
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Re: Duke

Unread postby Mant » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:39 am

Hi,

I think it is ESSENTIAL that they put Duke's tusks up in the Letaba Elephant Hall. He was a very special elephant, even though I didn't have the privilege of meeting him.

I think a lot of people won't be very happy if his tusks don't get put up with his story in the Letaba Elephant Hall.

I think if enough of us bug the Letaba Elephant Hall Management, maybe they will do it.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:08 pm

I have a suggestion. If we get agreement, maybe somebody closer to home would like to champion it.

1. Since the forum was heavily involved in the rescue of Duke's broken tusks, maybe we could sponsor a display at Croc Bridge.
2. With the new gate now well in operation, what is happening to the old reception. Maybe place could be made for the display.
3. Duke's tusks could be displayed and an appropriate story of his 'beat', tusk breaks, retrieval thereof, and last days could be scripted and displayed in a similar manner to the Harry Wolhuter lion skin display at Skuk.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby Philip1 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:56 pm

Bush Baptist, i like your idea very much. (All three) :) Space enough at C/bridge. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Duke

Unread postby Mant » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:59 pm

Hi,

I think that is a great idea if Duke's tusks and everything else plus a story of his life be displayed at Crocodile Bridge :thumbs_up:

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Re: Duke

Unread postby bushbuck87 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:17 pm

In November 2012 we stayed at Letaba and i visited the Elephant hall. I spoke to the young lady who works at the hall (sorry i did not get her name) and asked her about Dukes display. She said planes are in progress to reorganise the hall and Dukes tuskes will be displayed with a wall-mount without the skull and this will only happen in TWO years time.

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Re: Duke

Unread postby stephan groen » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:08 am

I watched the old re-runs of "Voetspore van die Grotes" (Afrikaans travel program circa 2000) and in the Kruger section the episode ends with the presenter stating that every now and then you come accross something special that makes your trip worthwhile...and then the camera pans to Duke.

He was truly a legend.

Any news on a special display for this old timer?
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Re: Duke

Unread postby RosemaryH » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:26 am

:thumbs_up: stephen groen - I agree Duke truly was a legend.

I will do some asking regarding a display :thumbs_up:
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Re: Duke

Unread postby stephan groen » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:01 am

Thank you very much RosemaryH.

I am sure many others will also be interested in the latest developments.
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Re: Duke

Unread postby stephan groen » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:44 pm

Hi All,

Does anyone know how the plans for a Duke memorial at Letaba are coming along? (Or anywhere else for that matter).

Perhaps someone in the Park can find out when they pop into Letaba?

I was never fortunate enough to see him in life and I would very much like to see a special place for him.
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Re: Duke

Unread postby Stephens.L » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:58 am

stephan groen wrote:Hi All,

Does anyone know how the plans for a Duke memorial at Letaba are coming along? (Or anywhere else for that matter).

Perhaps someone in the Park can find out when they pop into Letaba?

I was never fortunate enough to see him in life and I would very much like to see a special place for him.


Dear Stephan

Please note that at the moment we do not have space for Duke at Letaba Elephant Hall. We are planning to have information wall at Crocodile Bridge where Duke used to stay. We are currently in a process of sourcing funds to erect Duke's skeleton at the Crocodile Bridge Gate. If we get the funding this process might be completed by the end of this year. Should the space be available in future the Duke's tusk will be transferred to Letaba Elephant Hall.
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Re: Duke

Unread postby stephan groen » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:23 am

Thank you all for the information provided.

Stephens, can you (or anyone else who might know) advise if there are currently any fund raising programme where we can contribute?
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Re: Duke

Unread postby Stephens.L » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:59 am

stephan groen wrote:Thank you all for the information provided.

Stephens, can you (or anyone else who might know) advise if there are currently any fund raising programme where we can contribute?


Hi! Stephan

Most of our funding programmes are facilitated by the SANParks Honorary Rangers. You can liaise with their PR & Communication person, Mr Louis Lemmer on 012 567 5580 or email louis.lemmer@telkomsa.net
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Re: Duke

Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:46 am

:thumbs_up: Thanks for the information Stephens :)
Sounds great. I think Crocodile Bridge is the perfect place for an information wall for Duke!
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