Duke - June 2010 update-1

by Paul Mnisi
(Crocodile Bridge)

Duke before he broke his tusks

Duke before he broke his tusks

Duke is a mild-mannered elephant bull that is often spotted in the vicinity of Crocodile Bridge Camp.


He is also one of the Kruger's 'Big Tuskers', with tusks of nearly three meters long and each one weighing over 30 kilograms.

In 2007 Duke broke his left tusk and then in 2008 he broke his right tusk.

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Duke - June 2010 update-2

by Paul Mnisi
(Crocodile Bridge)

Helicopter hovering above Duke

Helicopter hovering above Duke

Very little is known about the lives of such old bull elephants, so 'Operation Duke' was started to fit Duke with a tracking collar to monitor his movements.
Duke was located and a helicopter was used by the vet to dart Duke.

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Duke - June 2010 update-3

by Paul Mnisi
(Crocodile Bridge)

Duke going down after being tranquilized

Duke going down after being tranquilized

Here Duke has been darted and the drug is taking effect and he's going down. The collar was fitted, Duke was given the antidote and he was up and off into the bush.
So if you're driving between Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie camps and you see an old bull with a radio collar it will most probably be Duke!

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