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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:52 am

Luckily not the whole tusk, but still sad. Thanks for the photo DB

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by carolynn » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:14 am

We were also lucky enough to see him on Tuesday 17 March out on the road between the camp and the bridge not far from camp. We were very excited in spite of the broken tusk! Took lots of photos but must still work out how to post them. Have his tusks always been that colour or had he been digging in the mud?
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by Batmad » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:36 pm

Ag no man :(


Is he still the biggest tusker in the park at present?
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by Scipio » Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:48 pm

Rated as the biggest at the moment but, in myy opinion there are one or two bigger. :whistle:

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:02 pm

These pics also taken on 16 March 2009:

Scipio - this is an unsharp pic, but such a similar stance to the one you posted, I thought to post it to show the difference in Hlanganini's tusk.
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And in this one, he is facing the opposite direction, showing his right tusk
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by Pjw » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:04 pm

Scipio wrote:Thanks, the left tusk was a bit smaller to start off with, wonder if he was "lefthanded" :hmz:

No Scipio, I he was left "tusked" :lol: :lol: ellies don't have hands :wink:
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread post by Jacqual » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:05 pm

I took these pictures in July 2007 on the S-62 towards Engelhard Dam (North side of Dam and Letaba). I knew he had to be one of the big tuskers, so I looked him up in "Great Tuskers of Africa" by Johan Marais and David Hadaway. I came to the conclusion that it was Hlanganini, because of the shape of the tusks, the missing piece of left ear and the area in which I saw him. I posted these pics as I would like to have comformation that it is actually him?

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Hope you enjoy the pics :)

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by ndloti » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:12 am

Can anyone confirm this - the email I received indicates it originates in KNP .

I have been notified via email that Hlanaganini's carcass was found 10 km south of Letaba by the aerial census team on 26 / 27 August .
The carcass appears to be around 2 months old , which ties up with the last reported sighting at the end of May .
Both tusks were intact .
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by Sprocky » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:17 am

If this is true it is very sad news. :(

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by iNkwazi » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:00 pm

Petro Rossouw posted a sighting of Hlanganini in Mammals - Big Tuskers on 12 Aug. The reports say that his carcass was 2 months old. How recent is was Petro's visit?

Petro Rossouw wrote:On our recent trip to Kruger, we encountered quite a few elephants with impressive tusks. Some we knew, but the other are unknown ........

Hlanganini greeted us on our very first day. His condition does not appear to be very healthy?
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by Ferdelance » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:05 pm

Oh boy someone please tell me this is only hear say! Not another big tusker dead..... :big_eyes: Not good.
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by CuriousCanadian » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:17 pm

Thanks bert.... :pray:

And Jane...for pointing the way ;)

Petro Rossouw wrote:
27 June 2009


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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by carolynn » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:49 pm

We saw him in March, and his condition was definately nothing like in this photo - he doesn't look well at all. Will be such a pity if he too has gone. :(
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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by iNkwazi » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:24 pm

If a named tusker loses/breaks his tusk, is he still classed as a tusker?

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

Unread post by ndloti » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:14 pm

Jane , in response to your question , imy observation is it seems that when a tusker loses 1 or both tusks he is suddenly no longer a celebrity - as in the case of Duke - he seldom gets a mention anymore , so referring to a tuskless elephant as a tusker is of no more significance ?
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