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Addo: Elephants

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Please don't flame me if this has already been asked and answered. My wife saw somewhere that people can touch and interact with elephants at Addo. We are coming to SA in October and my wife would just freak if this is possible. Can anyone tell me if it's true and if so, how to arrange it.

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I cannot believe that it would be at the National Park. MAybe at a private establishment?

Although Addo-elephants are the most docile I've seen, they are still wild animals, unpredictable, dangerous and can cause serious injury and death :shock:

(There are no such thing as a tame African Elephant, maybe used to humans, but not tame)
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I think there are elephant back riding safaris on a property close to Addo ...but in Addo itself you are not allowed to touch the ellies...the ellies wont tolerate it and you wont last long...Addo ellies are "Tamer" than Kruger Ellies but still wild animals with no getting out of cars to touch them...you were fed stories I think
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Are you only going to Addo because you definately cannot touch the Elephants there! I do know of a place (unmentionable here) where you brush and feed them and interact with them. If you want the name I will pm you but it is in the North West Province.. not too far from Gauteng.

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Hi secretcover1
You can definitely not touch/interact with elephants in Addo Elephant National Park (nor any other of our national parks).

Instead, we promote a more natural interaction with wild animals which is observing them in their natural environment and exhibiting their natural behaviour. National parks aim to have a minimum interference with nature policy.
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Hi

Can anyone tell if there are any big tuskers of note in Addo.
I assume that their tusks are smaller than those in Kruger, but how big do they get?
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There are a few Henk, but not to the Kruger standard though.

This one is called "Skukuza" (he comes from Kruger) and can be ID'ed by the collar and one tusk. Megan will be able to confirm, but I understand that he lost the other one during the relocation.

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I'm sure Peter Betts will be able to show us a few more photos of others.
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This was the biggest one we could find.

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To add to lirritma's comment, Skukuza had a magnificent set of tusks when he arrived in Addo in 2002
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but lost one of the tusks a day or two after he arrived.
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The tusk could have been loosened during translocation (a 17hour journey by truck from Kruger NP) or in a fight with another bull (he was seen fighting in his first few days in Addo). It must have been quite painful to lose the tusk as he stuffed soil and grass into the open hole. Not suprising since there is a very thick nerve which is located in the base of the tusk.

Henk, looks like you took a photo of Valli M, another one of the Kruger bulls, also with some impressive tusks. The other big tuskers (by Addo standards) are Gaatjies (age 53, the oldest bull in the Park) and Christopher (age about 35).
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Thanx a lot for the feedback, Megan

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Thanks for the info Megan. Such a fine set of tusks he had - pity he lost the one. I'll get some ID info from your research team on the others so that I can try and get nice photos of them on future travelling to the park.
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lirritma wrote:I'll get some ID info from your research team on the others so that I can try and get nice photos of them on future travelling to the park.


Good idea lirritma.

It is so nice the put names to sightings. Thanks to Megan's lion ID post it is now possible for me to say e.g. I saw Gina and Ardlam two weeks ago.
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This is Skukuza

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but is this Valli Moosa??? Megan please help

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but is this Valli Moosa??? Megan please help


Yes, this is Valli M. You can identify him by the end of his left tusk which has the outside bit broken off.
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Huh is this a female ele with a tusk?

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Hi guys

I thought female elies in Addo where tuskless.
Came across this mother and calf, and I could have sworn the calf was suckling, lets hope I was not wrong, do some female Addo elies have tusks? This was a huge lady with only one tusk, can anyone help ID this elephant.

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