SANParks Elephants

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Re: SANParks Elephants

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6000 kg is a whole lot of elephant. :big_eyes:
Thank you for posting the interesting information Rose :gflower:
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Rosemary,
Thanks for the info re the ellies :thumbs_up:
They are amazing... I have great love and respect for all ellies :dance:
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The elephant trunk is a fusion of the upper lip and nose with two nostrils running down the centre forming one of the most versatile organs in the animal kingdom. The trunk has two sensitive 'finger like tips' and with these, it is said, a matchstick can be picked up with ease. An adult bull's trunk can be up to two metres long and very muscular, with a mass of 100 - 140 kilograms.
Taken from Kruger Legends Great Tuskers Of The Kruger National Park
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:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Thanks for the Info RosemaryH, :gflower:
Always good to learn a little more about these wonderful ellies :dance: :dance:
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Thanks manicwalker - they truly are wonderful creatures.
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A third of the tusk is actually hidden from view and is embedded deep in the elephant's skull. This part of the tusk contains a pulp cavity made up of tissue, blood and nerves. Elephant tusks never stop growing but, due to breakages and wear, they almost never reach their full length. Males normally have much larger tusks than females, being both thicker and heavier.
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Rosemary..
Thank you once again for the interesting Ellie facts :gflower:
I reckon those BIG elephants with such BIG tusks carry a heavy load :hmz:
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:thumbs_up: Thanks

I am always amazed when I read about the Past Tuskers of Kruger and see their tusk information. Imagine carrying the weight of a very tall human or two around with you all the time..... :shock:

Details of past tusker, Phelwana's tusks:
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Wow!!
That is a "heavy load" to carry around permanently :shock:
One really cant blame an angry ellie when he is having a "bad day" :whistle:
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The soles of an elephants foot are interlaced with cracks. These help much in the same way as with human fingerprints, to identify the individual elephants from their characteristic ridges in the tracks.

Elephants require less muscle power to stand than other animals due to the pillar-like structure of its straight legs and very large feet. For this reason an elephant can stand for many hours without tiring and will often sleep standing up.
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Thanks Rose - this is good info :thumbs_up: - wish I had paid more attention at the Letaba Elephant museum .

Am enjoying this - :D

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Thanks Rosemary for the ellie info, :thumbs_up:
always good to learn more about my favourite animal :dance: :dance:
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Hi!

We saw this bull on Tuesday. Not sure if it is a tusker or not. I've sent details to RosemaryH on location.

Thanks!!
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Re: Identification Help – Tuskers

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I can only enlarge the first of your photos EElse :wall: Could you perhaps post a closer view of the elephant's left ear with the large notch? This might possibly be Bidzane, but I need a larger image to even make a guess.
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I'm not picking up the hole just below the tear arks. :hmz: :hmz: A higher resolution photo would definitely help to confirm that and the sighting location does not fall within Bidzane's known territory but that can change for many reasons. I would have thought that Bidzane would have developed a lot more since 2006 :hmz: I'm sure you will be very happy if it is him though :D

EElse, thanks for the information. I will submit and get back to you on it. If you do have a higher resolution photo it would be of great help. :thumbs_up:
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