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Media Release: Twelve new emerging tuskers named in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon May 22, 2017 4:21 pm

Media Release: Twelve new emerging tuskers named in the Kruger National Park - link

22 May 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Emerging Tuskers Committee is proud to announce the names of the twelve new emerging tuskers; thanks to the submission of elephant footage from guests to the Tuskers Project. The Committee monitored several elephants from as far as 2009; until recently when they closely looked at 28 of them. 12 of those, which showed sufficient development were selected and named as big tuskers.

“The main objective with the naming of the magnificent bulls is to monitor the movements of these animals with Kruger being amongst one of the last places in which they can be seen in Southern Africa. The names selected look at the characteristics or general areas in which the bulls are found and are unique to them”, said the KNP’s Interpretive Officer and Committee Coordinator, Kirsty Redman.

The new tuskers are: Ndlovane, Ngwenya, N’wandlamharhi, N’watindlopfu, Vusopfa, Xindzulundzulu, Matlakusa, Botsotso, Hahlwa, N’wamisejani, N’waMndlovu and Jubilala.

The Emerging Tuskers is an ongoing project which was launched in 2003. In its first few years, the project ran a competition which focused on finding, identifying and naming of the new crop of elephants with large tusks. The competition encouraged visitors to take footage of any elephant for submission and ended in 2009. The project is however still ongoing and footage submissions to the project carried on and all the twelve tuskers were named from those submissions.

“Elephant nominations were evaluated on its clarity, visibility of the animal and ivory, significant markings (e.g. ear notches), aesthetics, value to research and the information received”, concluded Redman.

The project committee included: Dr Ian Whyte (Retired Large Mammal Scientist), Mr Louis Olivier (Retired Regional Ranger), Mr Quintin Vermaak (SANParks Honorary Ranger – Bushveld Region), Ms Rosemary Hancock (SANParks Website Forum Representative), Mr Joe Nkuna (Section Ranger Mooiplaas), Mr Richard Sowry (Section Ranger Kingfisherspruit) and Ms Kirsty Redman (Interpretive Officer & Coordinator of the Emerging Tuskers Project); with the final decision on names and successful candidates being made by the Kruger National Park Management Committee.

Information relating to the emerging tuskers project including contact details to submit images is available from the Website http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/el ... efault.php.

Those who would like to simply add their sightings to the database can submit images to tuskers@sanparks.org. For queries on identification or confirmation that a sighting qualifies as a tusker, one may submit the footage to kirsty.redman@sanparks.org

N'watindlopfu - Frans van Achterbergh (2).jpg
N'watindlopfu
photo : Frans van Achterbergh


N'wandlamuarhi - Anton Jeffery (2).jpg
N'wandlamuarhi
photo : Anton Jeffery


N'waMndlovu - Les Roberts (2).jpg
N'waMndlovu
photo : Les Roberts


N'wamisejani - Dr Ian Whyte (3).jpg
N'wamisejani
photo : Dr Ian Whyte


Ngwenya - Mark Scheepers (2).jpg
Ngwenya
photo : Mark Scheepers


Matlakusa - Joel Roerig.jpg
Matlakusa
photo : Joel Roerig


Jubilala - Joep Stevens.jpg
Jubilala
photo : Joep Stevens


Hahlwa - Deborah Gage.jpg
Hahlwa
photo : Deborah Gage


Botsotso - John Carlyon (2).jpg
Botsotso
photo : John Carlyon


Xindzulundzulu - Tara-Lynn Svensson.jpg
Xindzulundzulu
photo : Tara-Lynn Svensson


Vusopfa - Gary Flockhart (2).jpg
Vusopfa
photo : Gary Flockhart
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Unread post by isinkwe » Mon May 22, 2017 4:27 pm

Those are really some super elephants :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon May 22, 2017 4:31 pm

So exciting to see such beautiful animals!

Will be back to look for them in December, DV.

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Unread post by Boslaaitie » Mon May 22, 2017 5:23 pm

Some very nice tuskers. Is is possible to tel us in which region to look for then?

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Unread post by billyf » Mon May 22, 2017 5:49 pm

Some really beautiful tuskers to look out for !!

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon May 22, 2017 6:13 pm

Boslaaitie wrote:Some very nice tuskers. Is is possible to tel us in which region to look for then?

Have a look here - this is a link of the Media Release on main page:

link to fact sheet

The ranges given are very vague in an effort to support the anti poaching efforts.
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Unread post by RayK » Mon May 22, 2017 8:09 pm

Hi DinkyBird,
Thanks for the info. They're really impressive. :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by johanrebel » Mon May 22, 2017 10:19 pm

Boslaaitie wrote:Some very nice tuskers. Is is possible to tel us in which region to look for then?
Some of the names given to these elephants are Kruger place names: Ngwenya ( = Crocodile River), N’wandlamharhi ( = Sand River), N’watindlopfu (River) , Matlakusa (Pan) and Jubilala (Hill and Creek).

Perhaps they are named after the areas where they like to hang out?

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Unread post by manicwalker » Tue May 23, 2017 3:07 am

DinkyBird,
Thank you for introducing us to these magnificent ellies... :clap:
Lets hope they live long and safe in the beautiful Kruger park :pray:

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Unread post by Mischief » Tue May 23, 2017 5:59 am

Absolutely beautiful beasts.Will keep our eyes peeled on the next trip to the Kruger...which is today! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue May 23, 2017 7:10 am

I'll have to keep an eye out for some of them when I visit Kruger in September. It seems most of them are to be found in the north - as good a reason as any to plan a trip there!

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Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue May 23, 2017 8:18 am

This is absolutely stunning and brilliant news :clap: :clap: :clap: May they all live a long and healthy life and become legendary Tuskers of the Kruger National Park.
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Unread post by hilda » Tue May 23, 2017 8:36 am

Stunning big and beautiful Ellies! It would be fantastic to come across one of them during a visit! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by matimba » Tue May 23, 2017 9:08 am

Jubilala will be easy to identify for most of us :shock: :shock:

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Unread post by Philip1 » Tue May 23, 2017 9:23 am

:gflower: Thank you DB for this awesome info. :D
They are truly MAGNIFICENT. :mrgreen:
As for the names Isinkwe :hmz: If you can not pronounce it, write it.
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