Magnificent Seven - Mafunyane

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Magnificent Seven - Mafunyane

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Magnificent Seven - Mafunyane

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Origin of Name: This bull was named after former warden of the Kruger National Park Lou Steyn who was well known for his quick temper. (Mafunyane is the Tsonga word for ‘the irritable one’ which appropriately refers to the elephant’s disdain for, and intolerance of humans.)
(Kloppers & Bornman (2005) (A Dictionary of KNP Place Names) gives the meaning of the name as “One who eats greedily”)
Range: This bull roamed in the Shangoni section of the Kruger National Park, which includes the upper reaches of the Shingwedzi River and southwards up to the Bububu stream.

Read more about Mafunyane here
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Re: Magnificent Seven - Mafunyane

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How amazing to be able to add sighting details of Mafunyane to his file after all this time.

Thanks so much Agustin Durante for your post on the SANParks KNP FB Group of the sighting your father had of Mafunyane so many years ago :D
Agustin Durante Mafunyane post on KNP FB Group.JPG


Thanks Eduardo Durante for your response and your account of seeing Mafunyane.
Eduardo Durante response to sighting detail request Mafunyane KNP FB Grp.JPG


What an experience it must have been for you to have seen him on foot Eduardo Durante. What a treasured memory.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us :gflower:
Augustin Durante FB Post Mafunyane.jpg

Augustin Durante FB Post 2 Mafunyane.jpg

Augustin Durante FB Post 3 Mafunyane.jpg
Photos courtesy of Eduardo Durante

Mafunyane's remains were found on 16 November 1983. He was thought to have been around 57 and appeared to have died of natural causes.
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Re: Magnificent Seven - Mafunyane

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Nice piece of history preserved there - :D thanks :clap: :clap: :clap:
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