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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:13 pm

And here is another one for you; not sure if this is a tusker but it looks promising!


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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:25 pm

Salamanda,
You are amost right with the name...just a little bit different :lol: :lol:
The oone you have seen is NGODZI
Congrats... another one on your list I guess ? :think:

The other ones on the pictures you posted are not tuskers as far as I can see and judge ...



salamanda wrote:Hi Aat, we saw this tusker at Mooiplaas waterhole on three different occasions whilst up at Mopani. I think it is Ngotso?



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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:43 pm

:doh: I got mixed up with the dam! Yes, I meant Ngodzi. The other two pics were of the same elephant, I just gave you left and right sides. So not even a promising tusker? :(

Thanks Aat. Do you need any more pics of Ngodzi, or have you plenty?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby adw » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:57 pm

I saw this nice tusker just north of Letaba camp during my recent June trip. He was relatively relaxed in the company of numerous vehicles which had stopped to admire this tusker.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:02 am

You are welcome to send some of Ngodzi , I keep all entries in my datatbase and will update his page by using one ok?

salamanda wrote::doh: I got mixed up with the dam! Yes, I meant Ngodzi. The other two pics were of the same elephant, I just gave you left and right sides. So not even a promising tusker? :(

Thanks Aat. Do you need any more pics of Ngodzi, or have you plenty?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:06 am

adw,
One of the biggest tuskers in kruger.... you hit a jackpot... officially named Masthulele

[quote="adw"]I saw this nice tusker just north of Letaba camp during my recent June trip. He was relatively relaxed in the company of numerous vehicles which had stopped to admire this tusker.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:41 pm

Hi to all Tuskerites !

We have been hunting tuskers and buffalo over the past 14 days. . . .

Below are two photos of a tusker we saw at Klopperfontein.
This tusker was notably taller than any of his companions at Klopperfontein.
Maybe not very long tusks ( just more than a meter of tusk
showing under the lip ) but as thick as any of the biggest.
Could this elephant maybe qualify to be a "TUSKER" on Aat's
website ?
( If not, he certainly will qualify in a year or three.)
The right hand ear was clean without any particular identification marks.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:03 am

While TUSKER hunting in early June we also saw
the floppy-ear chap at Ngotso water hole - his left tusk must
extend at least 1,3 - 1,4 meter from the lip and with his moderately
to thick tusks he might very well qualify as a new tusker
for Aat's website. . . .

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:20 pm

While BIG tusker hunting in early June, Tinyarhini came to
visit us at Shingwedzi, grazing just 20m from where we
were camped right on the outer fence.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:55 pm

Hi Aat, saw this elephant a km or so from Mooiplaas waterhole near Mopani. Both pics are of the same elephant. Does it have an ID?


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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:33 pm

Salamanda,
However it is sometimes difficult to judge and to estimate length of tusks I think this bull is not a tusker. Looking at the thickness of the tusks I also think he is not getting one either in future.

In general,
Maybe it is a good idea to compare bulls one have seen with the ones on the tusker site to get an idea about length and thickness of tusks. I also realize that pictures taken from behind gives the idea that tusks are longer then when you see them in frontal position.

[quote="salamanda"]Hi Aat, saw this elephant a km or so from Mooiplaas waterhole near Mopani. Both pics are of the same elephant. Does it have an ID?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:56 pm

During our time based at Shingwedzi we found Mashshule twice. [ 8th & 10th June ]

The first time he was about 2km down stream from Shingwedzi Camp and very dedicated to his supper,
below is the best photo I could manage before he parked himself inside the bushes on the photo and remained there until we had to rush back before camp gate closure.

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Two days later we again found him, this time just a few hundred meters from where we found him the first time.
There were some water pools in the river bed and the trees were still green - so the old gentleman had no reason to go wondering off in search of food.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby zandyl » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:07 pm

These were taken less than 2km from Letaba in December 2008.
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Please excuse the quality as these were converted from film to digital.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:21 am

My word! That is a real beauty zandyl! Thanks for sharing. Could it be Masthulele?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:33 pm

More on our BIG TUSKER hunting in the north of KNP.

We found this tusker at Nkokodzi water hole - he
seems to have a lot of characteristics similar to
Madzopfuini.

Could this be Madzopfurini with broken tusks ?
What do you think Aat ?

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