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Past Tusker - Hlanganini

Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:09 pm

Past Tusker - Hlanganini
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Origin of Name: Named for the Hlanganini Spruit (meaning “at the reeds”) where he was first seen. This spruit has its confluence with the Letaba River at Letaba Rest Camp.
Range: Olifants/Letaba

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Hlanganini

Unread postby DinkyBird » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:17 pm

This happened recently.

Pic taken on Monday 16 March 2009 in the Letaba river bed just outside the camp:
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby bishop3006 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:16 pm

What's wrong with these guys?!?!? Don't they realise those tusks are sacred and that they, as members of the New Emerging Tusker Association have been chosen to carry and display these tusks, but above all to protect them? SHEESH :mrgreen:
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:52 am

Luckily not the whole tusk, but still sad. Thanks for the photo DB

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby carolynn » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:14 am

We were also lucky enough to see him on Tuesday 17 March out on the road between the camp and the bridge not far from camp. We were very excited in spite of the broken tusk! Took lots of photos but must still work out how to post them. Have his tusks always been that colour or had he been digging in the mud?
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:36 pm

Ag no man :(


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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby Scipio » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:48 pm

Rated as the biggest at the moment but, in myy opinion there are one or two bigger. :whistle:

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:02 pm

These pics also taken on 16 March 2009:

Scipio - this is an unsharp pic, but such a similar stance to the one you posted, I thought to post it to show the difference in Hlanganini's tusk.
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And in this one, he is facing the opposite direction, showing his right tusk
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:04 pm

Scipio wrote:Thanks, the left tusk was a bit smaller to start off with, wonder if he was "lefthanded" :hmz:

No Scipio, I he was left "tusked" :lol: :lol: ellies don't have hands :wink:
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:12 am

Can anyone confirm this - the email I received indicates it originates in KNP .

I have been notified via email that Hlanaganini's carcass was found 10 km south of Letaba by the aerial census team on 26 / 27 August .
The carcass appears to be around 2 months old , which ties up with the last reported sighting at the end of May .
Both tusks were intact .
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby Sprocky » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:17 am

If this is true it is very sad news. :(

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby iNkwazi » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:00 pm

Petro Rossouw posted a sighting of Hlanganini in Mammals - Big Tuskers on 12 Aug. The reports say that his carcass was 2 months old. How recent is was Petro's visit?

Petro Rossouw wrote:On our recent trip to Kruger, we encountered quite a few elephants with impressive tusks. Some we knew, but the other are unknown ........

Hlanganini greeted us on our very first day. His condition does not appear to be very healthy?
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby Ferdelance » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:05 pm

Oh boy someone please tell me this is only hear say! Not another big tusker dead..... :big_eyes: Not good.
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:17 pm

Thanks bert.... :pray:

And Jane...for pointing the way ;)

Petro Rossouw wrote:
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread postby carolynn » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:49 pm

We saw him in March, and his condition was definately nothing like in this photo - he doesn't look well at all. Will be such a pity if he too has gone. :(
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