Past Tusker - N’watindlopfu

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Re: Current Tusker - N’watindlopfu

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A great sighting of N'wantindlopfu recently, submitted to the project.

Thanks for your valuable contribution Linda :gflower:

Linda van der Veeken FB PM Seen 17Oct22.jpg
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Photos and submission by Linda van der Veeken
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Re: Current Tusker - N’watindlopfu

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Thanks for the background info on the tuskers. It helps so much to appreciate these giants. The rock paintings you refer to on your background to N'watindlopfu: I've been there a couple of times when visiting the Sandrivier bush
Rockpainting of elephants in N'watindlopfu stream
Rockpainting of elephants in N'watindlopfu stream
camp. I attach a photo of the paintings which you are welcome to use if you want. Incidentally: I count 5 elephants. :D
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Re: Current Tusker - N’watindlopfu

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Sadly, a message was received from Mooiplaas section ranger Joe Nkuna on the 25th May 2023 that a carcass of a large tusker had been discovered at Groetvlei dam. Unfortunately, the identifying ear markings could not be seen to safely confirm an ID. Once processed and cleaned, images of the tusks and sightings images were studied, using the ‘tusk tattoo’ markings to match the tusker. Through this process it could be confirmed to be the carcass of N’watindlopfu. Prior to his death he had unusually stayed local to the Mopani area for several weeks after an annual visit to the Letaba section. It was suspected his health was the reason for this localization as his normal pattern would be to return to the Vlakeplaas section and his preferred range. His body condition at this time was showing signs of deterioration. The location of the carcass indicated he may have been attempting to head further north.

Cause of death is recorded as natural. An injury on his left front foot was noted in early May and his leg was noticeably swollen which was clearly visible in the last images of him received on the 15th May, it is possible that this may have accelerated his death or left him susceptible to a bull fight.

N’watinlopfu at the time of his death was regarded as the current largest tusker in the Kruger National Park and his ivory certainly showed that he was a true contender, superseding some of the Magnificent 7 in length and weight. On retrieval of the lower jaw he is estimated to have been between 47 and 49 years of age.
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