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 Post subject: Re: Large Tuskers Photo thread
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:38 pm 
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-Taken on H1-6 between Mopani and Letaba near klein nshawu waterhole
-10 december 2012
-Big Younger Bull
-Youngish, maybe 30 years
-perfect straight "kruger" style tusk and excellent general condition
-Bull must be +- 300cm at shoulder and tusks prob 1.2 m length


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 Post subject: Re: Large Tuskers Photo thread
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-Taken on H1-6 about 3 km's from Letaba
-18 August 2011
-Average older Bull
-Middle to older, maybe 40 years
-Thick, stright tusks with worn "cutting" groove on right tusk
-Bull must be +- 310cm at shoulder and tusks prob 1 m length and very thick
-have seen this bull often around Letaba and i believe his is often seen by visitors

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 Post subject: Re: Large Tuskers Photo thread
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-Taken on tar road to SHingwedzi coming off H1-6 or H1-7...about 1 km from gate
-02 December 2012
-Big Bull
-Middle aged, maybe 35 years
-Big tusks, right slightly longer and more down facing, left shorter but strighter
-Bull must be +- 330cm at shoulder and tusks prob 1.2 m length
-Bull had a tracking collar around his neck


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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:34 pm 
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Dear Aat,
This is not an update - Madeleen (Mads) already did this end of July 2012. Here is some pics of Masasana and Mashikiri that I took when we were in the North:

Masasana 27 July 2012 at (in) Grootvlei Dam
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Mashikiri 29 July 2012 at Klopperfontein Dam
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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:27 pm 
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Hi BerkiSA,

Real good tuskers you saw !

Number one & two is Kaleka and your last one most likely Riceho.

Cannot ID the other two, maybe Aat can help ?

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 Post subject: Re: Large Tuskers Photo thread
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BerkiSA,
Hi... I was pointed to your post here for the tuskers you have seen.

About this one: This one is called NGODZI , one of the named tuskers in kruger NP
Maybe for next time you like to ID your tuskers you can use my website about the Tuskers
http://www.tuskersofafrica.com
At the right side (top) you can also download PDF format documents with all the current tuskers of kruger.


[quote="BerkiSA"]Hi Latest photo data:

-Taken on dirt road near Letaba
-27 March 2012
-Massive Bull
-Aged, maybe 50 years
-Massive right tusk and shorter, broken left
-Bull must be +- 320cm at shoulder and right tusk almost touches ground

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 Post subject: Re: Large Tuskers Photo thread
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BerkinSA,
This one is more difficult but almost sure it is Mahlahini :thumbs_up:

[quote="BerkiSA"]-Taken on H1-6 between Mopani and Letaba near klein nshawu waterhole
-10 december 2012
-Big Younger Bull
-Youngish, maybe 30 years
-perfect straight "kruger" style tusk and excellent general condition
-Bull must be +- 300cm at shoulder and tusks prob 1.2 m length

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 Post subject: Re: Large Tuskers Photo thread
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BerkinSA...
A little more explanation about this tusker.
His name is MPENZA.... probably you are one of the last people seen him with both tusks.
Somewhere between your sighting and march 2012 he lost his right tusk.
Your sighting was in december 2011 I guess and not 2012 ... :wink: :wink:

[quote="BerkiSA"]-Taken on tar road to SHingwedzi coming off H1-6 or H1-7...about 1 km from gate
-02 December 2012
-Big Bull
-Middle aged, maybe 35 years
-Big tusks, right slightly longer and more down facing, left shorter but strighter
-Bull must be +- 330cm at shoulder and tusks prob 1.2 m length
-Bull had a tracking collar around his neck

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 Post subject: 4 years Tuskers
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@ ALL Tusker-mites

Sometimes you have this question for yourselves.... when did I do this or how long ago I started to.... etcetera...
I had this question ..how long ago did I start to comment at this thread about the Big Tuskers ... and funny enough it is 4 years ago , october 2008.
I remember I started with a few pages at my wildlife site and today the special Tusker site has grown to 150 pages in total.
This forum thread just Big Tuskers more then 130.000 views in the mean time....

Just like to say thanks to all helping with sending info and pictures :thanx:

A vitual glass of beer or wine or champagne with all of you and CHEERS !! and hoping we stay together to go for some more years of Big Tuskers.....

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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
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Hi Tusker Mites

This tuskey ellie or up and coming tusker scratching himself on a tree, I saw Oct 6 from the fence at Satara. His right hand tusk is quite a bit longer than the left one. Pumba suggested me posting the pics here after reading my TR, as he might have a name. That would be very interesting. Thanx Pumba!

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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
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Hi Aat,

Just to keep you focused on your upcoming tusker hunting safari :-

1] Masthulele in all his glory - you will have a very good chance of seeing him between two and six PM along the Letaba River just North of Letaba camp - I hope you will also see him at close quarters as we did early June this year.

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2] Now here is what this post is really about :- Masthulele had two askaries, this is what I call the lead askari as he was the bigger of the two. From the photo it is clear that he is relatively young, virile and in very good condition. Look carefully and you will see his tusks are still thickening at the lip. At this age he has already quite thick tusks and the eventual thickness will be somewhat thicker than today. In another 5 to 10 years this bull will start his tusk growth spurt and his tusks will grow much more rapidly. I am sure this bull will eventually become one of the icons of KNP tuskers and it will be interesting to follow him on Aat's TUSKERSOFAFRICA website once he qualifies as "tusker-to-be".

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Aat, Lettie and myself wish you all a very pleasant visit to South Africa and especially to KNP. We trust that many great tuskers will line the roads you will travel.

Lettie & Gerrie.


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wildtuinman wrote:
Here's one I saw in Jun 2004 in the Shingwedzi river.

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Is that elephant still alive cause i think we saw it :D :k


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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
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arks wrote:
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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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
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Saw three nice tuskers on my Oct 2012 trip to Satara.
This guy was seen on the H10 as I was leaving the park.
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And this young bull who I think has potential was photographed 3 km south of Satara.
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I will post the third one later on once I have finished my editing.

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 Post subject: Re: Big Tuskers
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Lettie and Gerrie,
Thanks !! I really hope to see a few tuskers again.... looking very much forward to our trip..well, you can imagine... :) :)
Real beautiful picture of Masthulele and I agree with you about the lead Askari. Looks promising and looks a bit like Riceho , upcoming, promising with thick tusks. ( I know it is not Riceho, but just to see there are few of these guys around)
I was and am thinking about some extra pages with relative younger bulls with thick promising tusks. I also have to look at the disk space I am using for the tuskers and the costs for using extra's disk space... I am doing this all without any sponsoring... but the subject was and is in my mind too... following younger promising bulls over the years to see if they "reach" the status of Big Tusker later on..

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Hi Aat,

Just to keep you focused on your upcoming tusker hunting safari :-

1] Masthulele in all his glory - you will have a very good chance of seeing him between two and six PM along the Letaba River just North of Letaba camp - I hope you will also see him at close quarters as we did early June this year.


2] Now here is what this post is really about :- Masthulele had two askaries, this is what I call the lead askari as he was the bigger of the two. From the photo it is clear that he is relatively young, virile and in very good condition. Look carefully and you will see his tusks are still thickening at the lip. At this age he has already quite thick tusks and the eventual thickness will be somewhat thicker than today. In another 5 to 10 years this bull will start his tusk growth spurt and his tusks will grow much more rapidly. I am sure this bull will eventually become one of the icons of KNP tuskers and it will be interesting to follow him on Aat's TUSKERSOFAFRICA website once he qualifies as "tusker-to-be".


Aat, Lettie and myself wish you all a very pleasant visit to South Africa and especially to KNP. We trust that many great tuskers will line the roads you will travel.

Lettie & Gerrie.

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