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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:57 am

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Was this perhaps Alexander ? Taken early January 2009 very close to Tsendze camp .
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby lorrainepring » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:03 pm

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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

Unread postby grannyb » Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:48 pm

:cry: Thanks Mads. The pics are fantasic. Just think of all the joy he has brought to others over the past 50 years. :(
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby alf » Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:54 pm

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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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby 3dgreek » Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:01 pm

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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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby nightjar » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:13 pm

This is indeed very sad news. :(

Here is a picture of Alexander taken in April 2008 near Mopani.

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Lorraine, I think the hole in the right ear is one of his identifying marks and clearly visible in your picture.
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:15 pm

Sad news indeed :cry:
I see the tusks are still on the cracass. Does anyone know if they'll be removed and displayed at the E;ephant hall?
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby Thirsty Traveller » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:52 pm

: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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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby alf » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:48 am

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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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby KEPs » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:12 am

The following photos were scanned from "Beeld" newspaper showing a younger bull paying his last respects, or trying to revive Alexander.
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Trying to help him up
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Chasing away the vultures
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Sitting on the carcass

On the third photo it can be seen that the heart and lungs were already removed by officials, the scavengers have also fed on the carcass.
After realising that he couldn't do anything, the young bull put his trunk over the carcass, stood still for about a minute, as if to pay his respects, and then left.
All this happened about 20m from the road!
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby Jock » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:21 am

What terrible news, and I was really hoping to see him during our trip. :(

Why have the rangers not taken the tusks yet? Does anyone know?
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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:12 am

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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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby Mubi » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:58 am

A sad farewell to another great tusker. Let's be grateful for ALL the conservation efforts that go into keeping the Park a place where we can witness these magnificent creatures at close range.

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Re: Alexander - BIG TUSKER - Dies

Unread postby Donny » Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:39 pm

A truly sad day !!!

What a mammoth :( of a contribution to the KNP. Never got to see him but i take solace that he lived out his life right on our doorstep......the Kruger National Park.

May we be priviledged to see more of his ilk in our lifetime .
Need to get there soon !!!


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