Current Tusker - Xidudla

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Current Tusker - Xidudla

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Current Tusker - Xidudla

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Origin of Name: Tsonga meaning ‘large or big in body’ referring to not just the impressive and thick tusk size of this bull but also to his large body size and shoulder height.

Special Features: This magnificent bull has most notably thick symmetrical ivory with the left curving slightly higher than the right. Both tusks are prone to developing grass notches, the right tusk displaying the more significant notch. However as these can break and reform they should not be solely relied upon for identification. The right tusk has a prominent scarred area towards the top inner tusk shaped like a kite with tail. These scarred areas are like tattoos and can be used for identification purposes. The left and right tusks have a flattened smooth area under the tip that can be seen from some angles. This bulls ears are lacking any remarkable markings making identification from all angles challenging. When first recorded Xidudla had a R5 sized hole towards the edge of the lower left lobe. This hole was eventually torn between August 2018 and October 2018 into what is now a clear u-shaped notch, this notch being close to the body results in it not always being visible from a frontal view and relies on the ears being in full display. The very tip of this lobe also has a small section that has been sliced off forming a half u-shape, again not visible unless from a side view. The final notable marker is a shallow u-shaped notch at the top curve of the lobe that is seldom visible. With the exception of a number of very small v&u-shaped nicks spread throughout the lobe visible only in high resolution the left ear lacks any significant identifying markers. A small squash ball sized nodule is visible midway down the trunk.
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Hi there,

My uncle recently was in the Park in the middle of August this year, 2022. He saw this Elephant . Unfortunately these photos aren't the best quality however i was wondering if you would be able to identify him? Thank you in advance.
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Hi savannah2468 - Welcome to the forums :gflower: and thanks for your request :D

My first thoughts, taking into consideration the location and time of the sighting (which I have made a note of ) is that this is one of the recently named bulls. I will however get confirmation from the team on my thoughts for you.
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:thumbs_up: savannah2468 - the team agrees that this is Xidudla
Great sighting :clap:
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Great sighting of a stunning tusker savannh2468. :clap:
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A great submission to the project of Xidudla as posted on the SANParks KNP FB Group by Jacques de Speville.

Thank you for your valuable contribution to the project Jacques.
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Great pic of an awesome Xidudla. :clap:
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:thumbs_up: He is such an impressive bull Elsa
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A wonderful sighting and great photos of Xidudla, recently submitted to the project. As posted on the KNP FB Group by Michael England.

Thank you for your valuable contribution to the project Michael. Adds great value :thumbs_up:
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An impressive bull, could this be a named tusker?

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:D Please PM me with your sighting details Grit1962 :D
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:hands: A wonderful sighting and a stunning shot of the awesome emerging tusker Xidudla
Thank you for your submission and the value it adds to the project, Grit1962
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Some more pics of Xidudla
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Thank you so much Grit1962, these are fantastic :clap:
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:D
Very impressive :thumbs_up:

Nice shots Grit1962 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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