Riceho Tusker Kruger National Park

Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:44 pm

26 November 2012

Big Boys are Beautiful

For the ones knowing me a bit better it will be not a surprise this story is about Tuskers
Big and / or promising tuskers. Tuskers are : Fascinating , Special, Impressing and very very Interesting.
I am also writing this story to try to convince the visitors of Kruger and other (south) african areas and countries to pay extra attention to these gentle giants. Make photo’s and post them at the Tusker thread

After this introduction just one more reason to pay extra attention …. The number of Big Tuskers is less then most rare animals / species in Kruger…. So it is a great privilege to meet one.

Coming to the story… I like to present you 5 named tuskers I met during my last trip to Kruger (nov-dec 2012)


First one I like to show is RICEHO
I met him just south of Shingwedzi camp along the main road.
Very nice tusker with promising tusks, growing well and both tusks are thick
I could get close to him, he was very relaxed and friendly. A bit of “whispering” and he was posing as it should be.

First contact… coming towards you and looking at each other … are you relaxed ?

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Getting closer and saying Hi…. Don’t laugh but I am always talking to them as a friend… in whisper mode telling him that he will be on the internet with new pictures… making him proud

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It’s great to get close and just look at him… eating in a reaxed way.

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SHABAKHADZI

Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:51 pm

SHABAKHADZI

Characteristics
Both ears are clean. Classic shaped tusks.

Range
Mopani area (Nshawu - Mooiplaas - Tihongonyeni)

Tuskers of Africa - Shabakhadzi

SHASHANGA

Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:55 pm

SHASHANGA

Characteristics
Left ear: a notch at the centre of the earlobe and a v-shaped notch at the bottom. Right ear: several notches. Has only one tusk (left) curved in a classic way.

Range
Punda Maria

Tuskers of Africa - Shashanga

Shashanga Tusker Kruger National Park

Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:56 pm

Shashanga
21.10.2009 - near the electric line around Punda Maria

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Shashanga Tusker Kruger National Park

Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:48 pm

Shashanga

On 23rd October 2014, we were travelling from Punda to Shingwedzi, on the H1-7, when we came onto this guy grazing next to the road. He only had one large, left tusk as you can see.

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SHIPENE

Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:51 pm

SHIPENE

Characteristics
Right ear: Very fine notches.
Left ear: Very fine notches and a small hole near the center.
Both tusks almost equal in length.

Range
Shingwedzi - Babalala

Tuskers of Africa - Shipene

Shipene Tusker of Kruger National Park

Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:53 pm

Shipene

On 20th October 2014, we saw this lot at Boyela waterhole, south of Babalala.

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aat wrote:I guess this was the bull you thought it could be Machachule. It's not him but I think you got Shipene. Funny enough I have seen him at Boyela waterhole too, like your picture together with a large number of other bulls.

Shipene Tusker of Kruger National Park

Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:53 pm

Shipene, 22 November 2014

Another named one I have seen is SHIPENE. He is not a large bull but his tusks are beautiful and thick and long for his statue and age.

Before I show his picture, this was the situation at Boyala Waterhole (between Shingwedzi and Babalala)
We counted 28 bulls all close to this waterhole and most of the time you could not see the waterhole at all...completely surrounded by bulls... with 2 , one and even without tusks. Shipene is the one with the big tusks in the middle of the photo

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Shipene is still relative young and his tusks are very very promising. I think he will be one of the bigger ones in near future.

SHISHA

Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:57 pm

SHISHA

Characteristics
Right ear: two wider notches at the top.
Left ear: bigger notchon top and at the lower part, and many very small notches.
Both tusks almost equal in length, both curved inward.

Range
Shingwedzi - Babalala

Tuskers of Africa - Shisha

TIHONGONYENI

Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:01 pm

TIHONGONYENI

Characteristics
Right ear, small hole near the center. Left ear, 3 wide notches and 3 holes, two at the lower part and one near the center of the ear.
Right tusks pointing upwards, left tusk more straight.

Range
Mopani - Shingwedzi

Tuskers of Africa - Tihongoni