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Last Chance to Enter the 2007 Emerging Tuskers Competition

Date: 2007-12-20


The 2006 Kruger National Park (KNP) Emerging Tuskers Competition attracted more than 180 individual entries and has identified eight new emerging tuskers, bringing the total to 50. You have until the 31 December 2007 to get your entries in for the 2007 Competition!


Launched in March 2006, the KNP Emerging Tuskers Competition is part of a research project to identify the new crop of elephants with large tusks and encourages visitors to the KNP to take photographs or video footage of any elephant with large tusks so that this record can be used for research purposes.


Each entry will be evaluated on its clarity, visibility of the animal and ivory, significant markings (e.g. ear notches), aesthetics, value to research and the information recorded.


The 2006 winner, Ms Arks Smith, was given a chance to accompany the KNP’s elephant researcher, Dr Ian Whyte and KNP veterinary surgeon Dr Markus Hofmeyr on an aerial census operation, with two night’s accommodation at the camp closest to this operation.


Ms Smith’s contribution identified a new tusker and provided an exact location of where the elephant was seen, plus provided photographs taken from all angles of the ears, tusks and a full frontal of the bull, as well as DVD footage. On the strength of this data and the identification of a new tusker, this contribution was a unanimous winner.


The second place prize, was two night’s accommodation for four people at Letaba Rest Camp with one free activity (i.e. game walk, night drive etc.) and a guided tour of the Elephant Hall. It was awarded to Mr Paul Mcay. Mr Mcay submitted photographs of the now late Masbambela and the value of the print comes from the information provided. The photograph was a clear shot of this famous bull and showed a characteristic hole in the right ear that was previously missed.


The third place winner, Mr Trevor Fourie, won a night’s accommodation for five people at either Shipandani or Sable Dam sleepover hide.


Mr Fourie submitted photographs of the usually elusive Massunguine, providing the KNP with the first recorded pictures of this bull from the ground. As all previous recorded photographs of this bull have been taken from the air, this entry’s value to the project is important as the distinguishing characteristics of this bull can now be easily identified.


As the 2007 Emerging Tuskers Competition draws to a close, be sure to send in your sightings together with an entry form which you can download here, to tuskers@sanparks.org by the 31 December 2007. 


Bulky print or video entries should be sent to the Emerging Tuskers Competition, Letaba Elephant Hall, Kruger National Park, Private Bag X402, Skukuza, 1350.


This competition will be run annually until further notice and all entries should be received by December 31 each year. That year’s winner will be announced during March or April the following year. Details of prizes for the 2007 competition will be announced early in the New Year.