Current Tusker - Botsotso

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Current Tusker - Botsotso

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Current Tusker - Botsotso


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Botsotso

Origin of the name: ‘Botsotso’ is Tsonga and refers to particular style of jeans that were worn in the olden days and is a direct reference to the large very prominent folds of skin on the rear of this bull making it one of his identification characteristics’.

Special Features: found in the northern KNP, once again we have a bull with similar tusk shape to Matlakusa and Xindzulundzulu although this bull’s straight and symmetrical ivory is not as widely splayed and shows a curve inwards of both tusks towards the bottom when seen from a frontal view. His most notable ear markings are found on his left ear. At the bottom on the lobe there is a deep u-shaped tear in the tip of the lobe. Further up towards the middle of the lobe there is a small v-shaped notch in the outer lobe, above this towards the top of the lobe there is a deeper w-shaped notch; both of these are only visible in high resolution images. In earlier images there are signs that the right tusk experienced a small break, this has subsequently smoothed over and the re-growth has allowed the tusks to remain fairly symmetrical. The right lobe lacks any significant markings. The trunk does offer a few characteristics’ namely at the lip line on the right tusk there is a scarring growth that looks like a tennis/golf ball between the tusk and trunk.
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A wonderful sighting of this tusker by Foetie Cronje which was recently shared on the SANParks KNP FB group :thumbs_up:

Foetjie Cronje FB SANParks KNP 4 Jan 2018.jpg


Foetjie Cronje FB SANParks  KNP 4 Jan 2018.jpg


Photo's by Foetie Cronje
Sighting posted on SANParks KNP FB Page
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A great sighting of Botsotso submitted by Dave Tatz adding value to the SANParks Tusker Project :thumbs_up:

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A sighting of Botsotso by Neil Tavener submitted to the SANParks Tusker Project via the SANParks KNP FB page. Thanks for your valuable contribution!

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Thanks for the info and photos Rose.
He is a lovely boy!! :clap: :clap:
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Wow, he is an impressive young man - thanks for sharing the photos! My daughter Charlotte and I will be keeping our eyes peeled for tuskers / emerging tuskers when we head up north in October!

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I agree, very impressive indeed Divine7polo :)

Divine7polo wrote: My daughter Charlotte and I will be keeping our eyes peeled for tuskers / emerging tuskers when we head up north in October!

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A brilliant sighting of Botsotso shared on the SANParks KNP FB page by Fransie Booyens :D
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Wow Fransie!

What an impressive tusker!
Thanks for sharing!

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He is very impressive Friedrich von Hörsten.

Here is another great sighting of Botsotso which was submitted via the SANParks KNP FB by Eben van de Vyver Great shot!

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A great submission of a recent sighting of Botsotso submitted to the SANParks Tusker Project via the SANParks KNP FB page and PM
Photos and submission by Anastas Sch
Thanks for your contribution :thumbs_up:

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Anastas Sch SANParks  KNP FB 8 Dec 2018.jpg
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Beautiful!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

We are so lucky to have RosemaryH and the SANParks Tusker Project. :thumbs_up:
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A great sighting of Botsotso shared of the SANParks KNP FB page by Rian Boshoff, which has been submitted to the SANParks Emerging Tusker Project :thumbs_up: Thanks for the great shots Rian Boshoff.
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A great sighitng of Botsotso and super submission to the Emerging Tusker Project by George Mann via the SANParks KNP FB Group
Fantastic photos - thank you George :thumbs_up:
George Mann SANParks KNP FB  1 June 2019.jpg
George  Mann SANParks KNP FB  1 June 2019.jpg
George  Mann SANParks  KNP FB  1 June 2019.jpg
Photographs by George Mann
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:clap: :clap: :clap:
He is certainly a big Tusker :thumbs_up:
Thanks, Rosemary for sharing/showing us photos of these magnificent ellies :clap:
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