Current Tusker - Xindzulundzulu

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Current Tusker - Xindzulundzulu


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Origin of name: Xindzulundzulu is Tsonga for ‘walking round and round in circles’ this is in reference to this bull’s much localized home range in the far north of the KNP.

Special Features: This bull has very distinct ivory that is widely splayed from a front view, long and straight with tapered ends appearing pointed, the left tusk having a slightly rounded tip with a dip in the tip. Side profiles of the bull show a shallow curve. His ear lobes are fairly clean, with a small v-shaped notch in the right ear towards the top of the lobe. The left ear has 2 small notches mid ear creating a u-shape in between these. Very small growths appear on the thigh of the rear left leg.
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BrawlerO wrote:Hi Rosemary,

It would be great to learn more about this fellow who I saw on 27th March just south of Shingwedzi rest camp.
He was the biggest bull I have seen in all my years looking at Ellies and his tusks were not just very long but a beautiful straight pair to boot. I got a really clear view of him and have plenty more pics if required...

Thanks very much, Rob

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:D Very happy to say this is the beautiful big bull that has been monitored for a while now and will be officially joining the current emerging tuskers soon :whistle: The images you have shared are fantastic adding great value as they show how much this guy has grown since first being noticed in 2009 :thumbs_up: Thanks for posting your request for an ID :thumbs_up:
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RosemaryH wrote: :D Very happy to say this is the beautiful big bull that has been monitored for a while now and will be officially joining the current emerging tuskers soon :whistle: The images you have shared are fantastic adding great value as they show how much this guy has grown since first being noticed in 2009 :thumbs_up: Thanks for posting your request for an ID :thumbs_up:


Thanks for the feedback Rose, let me know if higher-res images are required.
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Thanks BrawlerO - they would be greatly appreciated :thumbs_up: please do so.
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I have sent a pm to Rose with the location and details of this elephant and would like to share the photos here...

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Thanks Tessa G - brilliant photo's I will give you feedback asap :thumbs_up: Super sighting!
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FANTASTIC tusks, stunning sighting and pictures Tessa G! :clap: :clap:
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Stunningh sighting Tessa G

Thank you so m uch for sharing

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Hi Tessa G :D
Fantastic sighting :thumbs_up: Confirmed that this is the guy that has been very closely monitored in that area :thumbs_up:
Thanks for the submission and great photos!! :gflower:
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Elsa wrote:Not sure if "my" ellie is the same as Andrea's?

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Elsa :) Nice sighting!!! This is not Nkombo but a bull that is being very closely monitored and will be known by name soon :popcorn:
:thumbs_up: for the contribution
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Thanks Rose and Kirsty that is very interesting! :thumbs_up:
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What a big boy!! Nice picture, and a most memorable sighting, Timepilot!!!
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Timepilot wrote:Hi, we were wondering if this fellow was on the list of named tuskers?

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RosemaryH wrote:WOW Timepilot :dance: Nice sighting :thumbs_up: I am pretty sure it is a bull that is being closely monitored and on the current naming list.
I have forwarded your sighting and request for confirmation on that.

Thanks for the submission and the great value you will be adding to the project :gflower:


:thumbs_up: Timepilot. Apologies for the delay in feedback.
It is the bull on the current naming list as I suspected and your submission has added valued detail to his file - thank you!

This back from our expert
You are 100% correct, the v-notch mid right lobe is a key identification point. Looking at these images, he used to have a small hole below the notch but it would appear he has torn the small hole creating a u-shape piece in the middle of the notches, not uncommon with acacia veld. I will update his file with this info.
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Thanks rose, appreciate the feedback :thumbs_up:
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Only a pleasure :thumbs_up:
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