Past Tusker - Alexander

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Past Tusker - Alexander

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Past Tusker - Alexander

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Photo by Stuart Bassil

Origin of Name: Named in recognition of Professor Stuart Saunders, who has contributed significantly to research in the Kruger National Park.
Range: Mopani area, often close to the restcamp.

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So, there we were on Thursday 15th November at about 1330hrs, heading East along the Giroyondo Border Post road when the eagle eyes of the passenger, (me), said to the SO driving. "Stop".

There in the bushy stuff were what seemed to be a largish tusker with 2 other elephants in attendance.

There then ensued a hectic round of find the camera etc, and we proceeded to take a plethora of shots.

At this point, the Big Guy decided to get over his shyness and leave the bathroom to investigate the little grey thing on the gravel. ( funny how a Silver Nissan XTrail can look like an elephant from a distance)

Once the Big Guy was onto the gravel, he proceeded to make the SO reverse for about 2kms until he got bored and went into another washroom area.

These are the best of the photo's we got of what we were told in Letaba Elephant Hall, was Alexander and his askari

Hope you enjoy the piccies as much as we enjoyed taking them

Mike and Trish Goss

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Alexander Bathing the other side

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"You will go back."

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I had the pleasure of meeting Alexander (in musth) on the 18th March :D
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Fantastic pics Freda, :D
Whereabouts was this?
as seeing those pics I am now wondering if he is the one we saw in Jan last year en route to Makhadzi picnic site. The holes in his ear look very familiar.
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Thanks Elsa :)
He was near the river loops by Mopani, could well be the one you saw, he has a few holes in his right ear.
From other people's pics I have seen, he likes to rest his trunk on his right tusk, did this many times whilst we were with him.
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

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Yes that is true :cry:

I came out of Kruger yesterday afternoon and took pics where at least 120+ vultures, maraboes, yellow billed Kite, etc. was around it. They opened up the carcass to remove the heart and lungs.

As soon as I get time I will post some of these pics!

It was sad that I never saw Alexander alive :cry:
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:cry: This is very sad indeed. My friend and I and saw Alexander last year in september at Mopani.
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Very sad indeed, I was looking for him last year April, but never got to see him....it was one of the things on my list to do :(
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Will be extremely embarassed :redface: if this is not him, but he was ID by another mite as Alexander when we did our 2007 TR (prings on the road again)

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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

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Very sad story indeed. I was actually reading about him in the book "Great Tuskers" on saturday afternoon. Was hoping to see him in August when visiting Mopani.
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I suppose it isn't much to say but at least he died from natural causes and wasn't poached or hunted...hate it when elephants die, I'm sure the Zulu's have a saying or tradition about it.
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:cry: :cry:

As sad as this passing is I must agree with others. It was natural and not due to human greed. Another great Tusker moves from the wild, to memories.

Some nice pics there, circumstances permitting!
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I don't think they have enough space inside the elephant hall. So who knows whats going to happen to his tusks.
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Hi Cheetahs

Currently there is no more space in the Elephant museum for any new displays. Alexanders tusks will probably be stored in the same place as Duke's tusks which is in Skukuza.

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