Past Tusker - Hlanganini

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Re: Hlanganini breaks piece off tusk

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I did some investigation and received the following information.

Thank you to Mr. Ben van Eeden (Regional Manager, Nxanatseni Region) and Mr. Louis Olivier (Regional Ranger: Nxanatseni South).

Photos included at the bottom, but are not for sensitive people. Please skip if it is going to cause you distress.

Mr. Olivier writes the following:
(translation mine):

I was part of the flight crew in the helicopter on Thursday 27 August 09, when we found the carcass of Hlanganini approx. 10 km south east of Letaba camp in the bush. I notified a few colleagues per SMS from the helicopter.

Joe Nkuna, the section ranger of Letaba was with me and agreed to retrieve the tusks and skull. This was done on Tuesday the 1st of September by a group of people. It was clear that Hlanganini was tusked by another bull on both sides of his skull, which caused his death.

Dr. Ian Whyte, retired colleague and well know elephant expert, examined his teeth and estimates his age at approx. 53 years. Which means that he actually had a few years left (according to our human convictions) and would have become a really enormous tusker in this time. Dr. Whyte estimated that Hlanganini was the biggest tusker in KNP, since Duke broke both his tusks earlier.


Photo 1 = Hlanganini carcass from the air

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Photo 2 – Hole in his skull caused by another bulls tusk.

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Photo 3 – Lower jaw, showing the teeth by which one can age an elephant.

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Re: Hlanganini

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Thanks for the info Imberbe..... :(
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Re: Hlanganini

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Thank you, Imberbe for the info and confirmation. I think all who read this thread kind of lived with some hope that perhaps it wasnt true. Real pity that he still had a few years left - but that's nature, and survival of the fittest, I suppose. :hmz:
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I agree with Jane.... At least it was a natural death :(
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Re: Hlanganini

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One of our last pitures of the great tusker April 2009. this photo has not been adjusted in any way.

We have seen him on several visits and will miss looking out for him in the future. :(

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Re: Hlanganini

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Thanks for the information Imberbe :cry:

Hopefully they will now finally add the skull and tusk to the Letaba elephant museum as well as Duke's and Alexander's tusks as there are more than Magnificent seven tuskers to be noticed and watched and paying tribute :thumbs_up:
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Re: Hlanganini

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Thanks for confirming Imberbebe!
So sad to see such a magnificent animal so mutilated.... :shock: . it's really wierd that he died of a mortal stab wound? Why would they fight at that age.... surely he is already past the mating stage of his life? When we saw him in June last year he was with 6 askaris.....

I guess this is nature hey! Very sad though....
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Another circle of life completed.

RIP Hlanganini. :cry: :cry:
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very sad news :( especially seeings as he had a few good years left.Its a pity that i did not have the privilege to see this magnificent elephant :(
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Myself and Petro saw him on the same day (27 June 2009) and if we have the last photos of him, I consider ourselves VERY lucky!
We had brunch at Letaba and then just a few kilometers from Letaba we saw the one and only Hlanganini down by the river… What an awesome elephant!!!

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Hlanganini, thank you for giving us a chance to see you just before you left us!

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Tribute to Hlanganini

Hlanganini, the first time we saw you, in May 2008 (and the only time as well), near Letaba, we knew that you were one very special ellie. Yeah, maybe it was that great tusks of yours, but we could not get ourselves to part from you, and sat there, maybe an hour, just watching you grazing. So peacefull, no bother in the world. We did not even know your name then (we were new to the Park). Nothing else was going on, only you and your buddy, doing your thing. Cars went by, just giving one glance and pushing on. I often wondered if they really saw you, or were you just another elephant like all the others in the Park, for them. For us, you gave another wonderful memorable moment in the Park we will always treasure. We were looking forward to seeing you again in December, but that was not meant to be. You left us a few months earlier, going peacefully where no one could disturbe you. Although we feel sad when thinking of you, we are just glad that you went naturally and not by the hands of people slaughtering elephants and rhinos for their tusks and horns. That you were one of those lucky one's who went all the way. It was a pleasure knowing you, and we will always be thinking of you when we will be in the Park. Beautifull, beautifull Hlanganini.....

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And to your buddy, whom I hope has a new pal by now and that he will also become a great tusker.

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One of Kruger's great one's, this is a tribute to you.

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Re: Hlanganini

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Eagle owl, you are very privileged to have seen him :mrgreen: , those are special memories. We had a similar experience with cars simply passing while we sat parked watching duke.
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Re: Hlanganini

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Lovely tribute, Eagle Owl :clap: :clap: :clap: .
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What a lovely Tribute Eagle Owl :clap: :clap:
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We are all so grateful for our 'Hlanganini moments' :(
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