Past Tusker - Hlanganini

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Past Tusker - Hlanganini

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Past Tusker - Hlanganini
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Origin of Name: Named for the Hlanganini Spruit (meaning “at the reeds”) where he was first seen. This spruit has its confluence with the Letaba River at Letaba Rest Camp.
Range: Olifants/Letaba

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Dont suppose anyone can identify this rather large bull? We came across him on his own on one of the dirt roads to Engelhard damn back in december 2004:

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Dont suppose anyone can identify this rather large bull? We came across him on his own on one of the dirt roads to Engelhard damn back in december 2004:


It's Hlanganini.
You can see other pics of him here.

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Yes, he's definitely Hlanganini. He is easily identified by the fact that the bottom part of his left earlobe is missing, which your photo clearly shows. Great pics, by the way! You were very fortunate to see him.
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Thankyou. Yes when we came across him although we didnt know who he was, we knew it was a special sighting :) I also have a couple of minutes of video footage of him throwing sand over himself and generaly looking impressive, but its about 18mb and I think the dial-up'ers would lynch me ;)
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During my stay in Letaba August 2007
Think the new champion,Hlanganini
In the Letaba riverbed, 10 km from camp
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Those are beautiful pictures of him JJ, when did you see him?
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I saw him around march this year. He stayed with us for a good 10 minutes.
Does anyone know what his rank is? Like top 20 etc?
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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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Ag no man :(


Is he still the biggest tusker in the park at present?
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Rated as the biggest at the moment but, in myy opinion there are one or two bigger. :whistle:
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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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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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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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Oh boy someone please tell me this is only hear say! Not another big tusker dead..... :big_eyes: Not good.
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