Duke, the legend, has died

Duke was found dead on 01 October 2011

Duke was found dead on 01 October 2011

One of the oldest tuskers in the Kruger National Park (KNP), Duke, passed away on October 1, 2011 seemingly of old age.


The elephant was discovered lying on its side along Makambeni spruit near west of the S28 road, five kilometres from Crocodile Bridge Camp. Crocodile Bridge Section Ranger, Neels van Wyk became worried when he noticed that there was no movement from Duke?s collar signal for a few days, went to investigate; only to find Duke?s five day old carcass along the Makambeni stream.

?Although Duke was old, we are very saddened by this magnificent bull?s passing as he was very popular and had avid followers who always asked about him. In the past few years, there had been enquiries as to whether Duke was still with us; so when news of his passing came through we assumed it was rumours doing the rounds again? said William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations.

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Oct 08, 2011
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The new age Big Tuskers
by: Jane

I have seen a few big tuskers in the Mopani area, I think there a quite a few out there in the Kruger Park. It would be great to follow their progress.

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Emerging Tuskers
by: Charles

I wonder who the new 'emerging' elephants are that are replacing these old legends?

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