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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:48 am 
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I don't think they have enough space inside the elephant hall. So who knows whats going to happen to his tusks.

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:12 am 
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The following photos were scanned from "Beeld" newspaper showing a younger bull paying his last respects, or trying to revive Alexander.
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Trying to help him up
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Chasing away the vultures
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Sitting on the carcass

On the third photo it can be seen that the heart and lungs were already removed by officials, the scavengers have also fed on the carcass.
After realising that he couldn't do anything, the young bull put his trunk over the carcass, stood still for about a minute, as if to pay his respects, and then left.
All this happened about 20m from the road!


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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:21 am 
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What terrible news, and I was really hoping to see him during our trip. :(

Why have the rangers not taken the tusks yet? Does anyone know?

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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Hi Cheetahs

Currently there is no more space in the Elephant museum for any new displays. Alexanders tusks will probably be stored in the same place as Duke's tusks which is in Skukuza.

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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Media release by KNP

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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A sad farewell to another great tusker. Let's be grateful for ALL the conservation efforts that go into keeping the Park a place where we can witness these magnificent creatures at close range.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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A truly sad day !!!

What a mammoth :( of a contribution to the KNP. Never got to see him but i take solace that he lived out his life right on our doorstep......the Kruger National Park.

May we be priviledged to see more of his ilk in our lifetime .

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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Sad news...but at the same time a good passing, it doesn't seem that he suffered nor did he experience trauma and most of all he lived a full life in the wild and gave pleasure to so many.

Bucky's suggestion is interesting....I agree that the Great Tuskers deserve a place in Kruger's history. On one hand, it would be nice for his Tusks to take their place among the other Great Tuskers at the Letaba Elephant Museum but on the other hand perhaps a display should be created at Mopani Camp, which was in the heart of his territory...

Duke is fortunately still alive and long may that continue, but he is such a famous Tusker that a lack of space in Letaba is no reason not to one day give him a prominent place in Kruger history....I feel the same about Duke as I do about Alexander...he deserves a place among the Magnificent 7 but perhaps it would be an even better idea to do so at Lower Sabie, in the heart of his home range...it would also be accesible to visitors who do not go as far North as Letaba.

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:36 am 
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Picture from the Beeld's website this morning:

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ALEXANDER SE REUSE-TANDE
Mnr. Johann Oelofse, afdelingsveldwagter van Mooiplaas in die Krugerwildtuin, gister met die twee reuse-tande van Alexander, die afgestorwe olifantbul.

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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Also on Beeld this morning.As Johan Oelofse and his fellow helpers were working on Alexander to remove his tusks,another Bull ele approached Alexander and removed one of his tusks at a blink of the eye only to drop it next to his carcass then chased Johan and his men off only to return to the carcass,paused for a second,then moved off into the bushes.

I am amazed by these animals and how they handle the dead

Read more at this link : http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika ... 27,00.html


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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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Hey...
I was there... On sunday...
It was really amazing and ja, seen 3 tuskers alive now, too bad Alexander was already gone by the time my other half saw him... This weekend was Brian's first time with me to the Kruger. But it was a sight for any wildlife person.

Yes it was a amazing sight, and sad at the same time. I wished i could've stayed to have seen his 'askari' come and say good bye, but my mom wanted out of there, she couldn't take it anymore...

The last time i spoke to Kirsty at the Museum, she said there was no funds to expand and display new tusks, so to raise funds is a good idea. But I found out this weekend from Amy, that the Elephant Statue has been taken down coz it is broken. They want to redo it in broze but there are no funds for that. Amy says it'll cost close to a million, Can we raise funds for that too??? :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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could anyone please tell me why the heart and lungs were removed so swiftly?

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To do some tests to see what the cause of his death was. Just to make sure that it was actually a heart attack and not something else.

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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I was lucky to see and photograph him in Dec 2006.

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 Post subject: Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies
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I was lucky enough to see Alexander in September last year, he was truly a magnificent specimen.

Note the two holes in the right ear

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