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Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:23 pm Unread post
Nope, never seen a tusker of note. Seen some extraordinarily large bulls (Pic below was one), but none of the great tuskers.

To get a better idea of this fella's size, click on the picture itself

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Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:07 pm Unread post
Can anybody tell me how old Duke is please?

I have tried looking for the original Duke thread to no avail.

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Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:18 am Unread post
Elsa wrote
Can anybody tell me how old Duke is please?

I have tried looking for the original Duke thread to no avail.

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Elsa, no one is realy sure, but he is estimated to be between 55 and 60. He does not have many years left, so if you want to see him alive, it would be a good idea to go now.



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Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:43 am Unread post
Thanks for that WTM.

We are only due to go in Feb. and May/June next year but will make finding him a priority. I would hate to miss out on seeing one of the biggest tuskers in the world in the flesh.



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Elsa wrote
Thanks for that WTM.

We are only due to go in Feb. and May/June next year but will make finding him a priority. I would hate to miss out on seeing one of the biggest tuskers in the world in the flesh.


I was very fortunate to have seen Mabarule in 2002. He passed away late last year. One can't wait to see these old boys. Their times are running out quickly. Good luck to us all yet to find Duke! :wink:



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Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:48 pm Unread post
Elsa wrote
Thanks for that WTM.

We are only due to go in Feb. and May/June next year but will make finding him a priority. I would hate to miss out on seeing one of the biggest tuskers in the world in the flesh.


Psssst, he is currently the biggest tusker in the world. Before him it was Mandleve



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Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:45 pm Unread post
Just found this interesting site :D
http://www.themagnificentseven.co.uk/duke.htm


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Pictures aren't too great. Had to get it off a 2001 video tape.

Here is somepics of what was believed to be Mabarule we took south of Mopani. As we all know, he died last year. Enjoy! I have some video clips too. If interested send me an email to wildtuinman@yahoo.com. It is fairly big. 20mb each, 2 clips.

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Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:57 pm Unread post
Saw this magnificent ellie at Shingwedzi on the 9th Nov, my first big tusker :) Mashagadzi, I believe.
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Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:55 pm Unread post
Yes Freda, that is Mashagadzi and here is Mashagadzi 2004 near Shingwedzi made by my wife Yvonne.

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Letaba (the ellie, not the camp)

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Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:05 am Unread post
Can anyone give me info on a tusker named Letaba? I will appreciate anything, posted on the forum, by PM or e-mail.



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Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:20 am Unread post
Hi Chris ...

Here is some info I obtained previously ...

He was also mentioned in the book "Veldwagters Vertel"

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Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:09 am Unread post
:thumbs_up:

I enquired about him after reading "Veldwagters Vertel" ... He was a very gentle giant who caused a few rangers to get hernia's laughing when he tried to cross the newly electrified fence!! :lol:



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Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:32 pm Unread post
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Masbambela really was extremely relaxed on this occasion, considering that he rarely ventures close to tourist roads: we were parked only metres away from him for more than half-an-hour without him showing any agitation at all. He is HUGE!!!!


Would love to know where in the park you saw him, please? A breathtaking sighting indeed!!



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Thu Feb 23, 2006 9:05 am Unread post
We found him on the S56 Mphongolo River Loop (gravel road between Shingwedzi and Babalala Picnic Spot) just north of the short (2km) link road between the S56 and the Shingwedzi-Punda tar road, @ 09:15 on the 15th of January 06.
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