Past Tusker - Letaba One

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Past Tusker - Letaba One

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Past Tusker - Letaba One
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Origin of Name: This bull was named after the Letaba River in the Northern Section of the Kruger National Park, where he was regularly seen.
Range: Letaba Restcamp and surrounding areas.

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1977 - BIG TUSKER

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I filmed this big tusker in the Letaba River bed during our trip in 1977.

Is this one of the Big 5?

If so, which one please?

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Gosh, Steamtrainfan, what a treasure. :D I am sure that Rosemary would be interested to pass it on.
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Hi steamtrainfan - wow seems like a treasure as MM says :D

I am not sure who this could be but I will send a request through :thumbs_up: You don't have any still shots do you?
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Re: 1977 - BIG TUSKER

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Wow!!! :thumbs_up:

:hmz: I might be wrong, although only recorded in 1979, it could be Letaba One.

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"Origin of Name: This bull was named after the Letaba River in the Northern Section of the Kruger National Park, where he was regularly seen.
Range: Letaba Restcamp and surrounding areas.
Special Features: His left tusk was long and curved, however his right tusk was broken off fairly close to the lip line. He also had a large rounded patch of smooth skin on his trunk.
General: This bull was first recorded in 1979 and was already an old elephant at that stage. He was a docile bull, who was known for repeatedly invading the Letaba Restcamp. Sadly this bull was poached in the 1980’s when poaching from Mozambique was at its worst. This docile creature was shot and killed alongside the Engelhard Dam close to the Restcamp and had, had his tusks removed".
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I think you are spot on Philip1 :D :thumbs_up: :D
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Hi Rosemary H and Phillip 1.

Thank you so much for this information.

Rosemary H, I do not have any still photos but think I have some more video.
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This is brilliant Steamtrainfan!! Thank you for posting and thank you Philip for the information regarding Letaba1. :thumbs_up:
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steamtrainfan wrote:Rosemary H, I do not have any still photos but think I have some more video.


Steamtrainfan :thumbs_up: The above will be magic. :D
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Some more footage of this magnificent elephant taken near Letaba during 1977.


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Brilliant footage :thumbs_up:

Sad to see that he was taken by poachers though. :(
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:thanx: Steamtrainfan for sharing. :D
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