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Re: SANParks Elephants

Unread post by barryels » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:47 am

No salamanda, you are not dense at all :) .

I will explain the tusker environment to you via PM for future reference :thumbs_up: .
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Unread post by salamanda » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:56 am

All is now clear; thanks barryels :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

Unread post by jaytea » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:10 am

Hi!
Just wondering if this guy is an emerging known tusker

We saw him between Punda and Pafuri on the tar road November 9, 2013

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Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:06 pm

Apologies jaytea :gflower: Your request has been forwarded.
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Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:07 pm

Hi jaytea :)

Unfortunately not a named tusker but none the less a beauty :thumbs_up: Thanks for posting.

This is a nice bull and is he young so he will be worth monitoring as a potential emerging tuskers but I would want to see more development first.


Others travelling in the area be sure to keep a look out for him :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by jaytea » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:01 pm

Thanks Rosemary! He was nice and chilled so hopefully he will become a good ambassador for the tuskers in the future!

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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:39 pm

Hi Rosemary,

Saw this bull just outside Satara Camp 2 weeks ago.
I am sure you get so many "nearly tuskers" but you might have records of this one already. His tusks were long, but not very thick.
Sorry no frontal view -- waited about 15 minutes, but he didn't move.
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Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:02 pm

Hi Friedrich :) Thanks for posting.
Good looking ellie.
I shall pass it on to see if there is anything on file for this one. Tusks seem long but maybe not thick enough :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:03 am

RemiE wrote:We saw this tusker on 30 December 2013 07:11 on the way from Crocodile Bridge back to Lower Sabie. On the H4-2 between the S130 and S28. He was with a breeding herd at the time.
I tried to take as many photos as possible, but the angle of the photos don’t do the length of his tusks justice. Hope this one can be ID’d

I will send the photos to the email provided

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This is one to look out for RemiE :clap: a reply in from SANParks - very good indeed. Thanks for already submitting the photographs via email.

He is certainly an impressive bull and while not yet named he is on our watch list. He seems to predominate in the Lower Sabie/Croc Bridge area, but I do have a sighting of him closer to Skukuza as well.
A nice one to watch. I would definitely appreciate the images per email as this is the most detailed series we have seen, even though the angles vary we can get some good identifying characteristics from him.
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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

Unread post by RemiE » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:05 am

:dance: :dance: Thank you RosemaryH
So glad that he is an emerging tusker
I will email through all my high resolution images .........
Hope to see him again on our next visit........... :pray:
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Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:09 am

:thumbs_up: Very 8) I like this ellie :)

I too hope you see him again :D
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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:10 am

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote::yaya:
Sighted this Elephant on the 7th June 2014, at approximately 11.45 am, on the H1-6, just before the turnoff to Mopani camp.
Unfortunately the Elephant was far from the road… approximately ( 400m – 450m not very good at judging distances !! :wall: ) It looked as if there was some water in that area where he was standing, as he was busy drinking.
Also only have video footage available.
The Elephant also did not turn, to get footage of the other side of him either. :twisted:
We eventually decided to turn in on the tar road towards Mopani, to see if we would perhaps have a better view from there. Sadly the vegetation and a small rise made this impossible to even see the Elephant. :|
Hope with the limited video screen shots, it may be sufficient to ID, as a possible tusker.

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A reply in for your sighting Trrp-trrrrrrrr :D :D (I have just noticed the zebra behind him in the 3rd pic 8) )

Given the angle and image quality a 100% identification is really not possible, as much as I would love to give you a name I would not want to mislead anyone with a guarantee. Given the shape and length and lack of markings in the right ear I am leaning towards Mavalanga but it is really difficult to be certain.

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Re: SANParks Elephants

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:21 am

Friedrich von Hörsten wrote:Hi Rosemary,

Saw this bull just outside Satara Camp 2 weeks ago.
I am sure you get so many "nearly tuskers" but you might have records of this one already. His tusks were long, but not very thick.
Sorry no frontal view -- waited about 15 minutes, but he didn't move.
God bless,

Friedrich von Hörsten

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Such good news :dance: :D

This bull is not a named one and appears to be a new tusker in the Satara area, I have received a few other submission of him around the same time frame recently so it is certainly exciting news that we have a potential new bull in that area.

He is a funny one and seems to only like to be photographed from his right side, all the submission of him are from the rear or the right but we can still get some decent ID characteristics from these, so hopefully someone will catch him soon from the left and we can have a full ID characteristic spectrum.

We will hopefully be reviewing all the bulls with potential of which this will definitely be one of them with the mind set of naming some in the near future. All going well he won’t be unnamed for long.



So please :pray: keep a look out for this bull in the Satara area folks and lets get some shots of his LHS :wink: :popcorn: :D
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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:29 pm

Flip&Elmien - what a wonderful contribution you have made with all your elephants sightings :clap: :clap: You really were spoilt with great elephant sightings on your trip. Thank you for posting and sharing them.

Flip&Elmien wrote:Here are a few tuskers we saw on our recent Kruger trip. We did send a email to Kristy. We will post the photo's here as well.

The first one we saw on 28 June 2014 at the T-junction of S60 and H1-8 near Klopperfontein at 15:12.

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This is a wonderful old character filled bull, his ivory is nice but given his age apparent from his temples I do not think he will develop further into a big tusker.
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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:32 pm

Flip&Elmien wrote:We saw this one on 28 June 2014, 3.5km Punda Maria on the H13-1 at 16:30.

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This is a notable bull but is lacking length at this stage, I will create a file for him as he has quiet distinguishable ear markings perhaps he will develop further in time.
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