Current Tusker - N’wendlamuhari

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Current Tusker - N’wendlamuhari

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Current Tusker - N’wendlamuhari


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Origin of Name: N’wendlamuhari a Shangaan reference to the Sand River which means ‘the river that is fierce when in flood’. The name links to the bull’s preferred location to a spruit which is known for its dramatic flooding in heavy rains in the northern KNP.

Special Features: Most notable on this bull is his ivory, his left tusk suffered a dramatic break many years back and while there has been substantial growth of the tusk since then, there is a marked difference in length between the two tusks. The left tusk break has smoothed over time and has developed quiet a prominent point to it. There are very few notable ear markings on this bull and aside from a small v-shaped nick visible in the left lobe towards the top and small u-shaped marks towards the top of the right ear lobe which are only visible in high resolution aside from this he has fairly clean ears. Visible from a left side profile are a cluster of small growths on the front of the left foreleg fairly high up the leg. These are often obscured by the ear lobe in frontal images.
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Current Tusker - N’wendlamuhari

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Hi Rosemary

We saw this tusker at Tihongonyeni in the morning of the 11th June. We thought it was Masthulele.

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Another image from front

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Can you confirm ID please,
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Thanks for posting cheetahlady :D

I am not seeing the thickened skin and growths on the trunk from your photo's to confirm that it is Masthulele.

I will submit for confirmation :thumbs_up:
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Thanks Rose. We were also not sure because his left tusk does not seem to be as long. His right one was almost touching the ground as he walked.
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Indeed cheetahlady - a good observation :thumbs_up:

Confirmation that it is not Masthulele but a great sighting so thanks for submitting :D

This isn’t Masthulele tusks not long enough, the angle makes it a bit hard to see the previous break especially as it is smoothing out nicely but this is our known bull that is due a name.


So keep a look out for when his name is made official cheetahlady :gflower:
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My pleasure :) and if you would like to contribute to the Tusker Project you can email your full resolution pictures to [email protected]. to be added to "Letaba/Mopani Broken Tusk"s file.

Reported sightings add such tremendous value to the project :D
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newtp wrote:Hello

I photographed this elephant around Letaba in the Kruger National Park last August (2014)

I was wondering if you could help and tell me if this is one of the current emerging Tuskers in the Park?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127162071@N03/17169002627/

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Hi newtp ... some feedback on your request :) Not an official emerging tusker but a good spot :thumbs_up:

This is a bull we have been monitoring in the area. In December last year when we were selecting elephants for naming this bull was discussed but it was decided that there was not enough decent footage and information on him. Your reported sighting adds value and information to this bull which is great. Thanks for participating and let's keep an eye out for this guy ;)
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Elsa, Klystron and myself
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saw this handsome fellow a week or so ago, and would love to know if he is named. Apologies for the not so great pictures, he was not very co-operative. We stayed with him for a while and he would not come out into the open. He has such impressive tusks we are sure he is a known tusker.
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Nice sighting Jock :D Lucky to have "met" one of the new guys on the block - N’wendlamuhari!

Thanks for your contributions.
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That is a wonderful sighting, Jock. :D Thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:
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Thank you for posting the photographs Jock :thumbs_up:

N’wendlamuhari go well and grow strong my elephant friend and may you become a magnificent and legendary big Tusker of the Kruger National Park.
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Ran into him on Jun16 2017 in the north

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Wonderful photos ramkrish1!!
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Thank you ramkrish1 :D Great to have them here :thumbs_up:
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A very recent sighting of N'wendlamuhari as submitted on the SANParks KNP FB page :)
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Photo & sighting by Margriet van den Berg
See post on FB here
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