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© Colin Rowles

Name: N’wendlamuharhi


Origin of name: N’wendlamuharhi is Shangaan for 'sand river', meaning that ‘the river that is fierce when in flood’.


Special features: Most notable on this bull are his tusks. His left tusk suffered a dramatic break many years back, and while there has been substantial growth of the tusk since then, there is a marked difference in length between the two tusks. The left tusk break has smoothed over time, and has developed quite a prominent point to it. There are very few notable ear markings on this bull, aside from a small v-shaped nick visible in the left lobe towards the top, and small u-shaped marks towards the top of the right ear lobe. Visible from a left side profile are a cluster of small growths on the front of the left foreleg, fairly high up the leg. These are often obscured by the ear lobe in frontal images.


General: This bull was first noted by retired Section Ranger Johann Oelofse in 2010, shortly after the death of the similar looking Mandhevhu. As these images did not identify any defining characteristics, it was decided to monitor him. A second submission in 2011 confirmed this bull’s status as a tusker, but it was decided to continue to monitor him to determine if there would be any continued growth.


Submissions of this bull increased dramatically at the end of 2013 and throughout 2014 - 2016. All submissions show considerable growth in the broken tusk, therefore the decision was made to name the bull confirming his status as a large tusker.


The images and information for this gallery have been provided with thanks to the dedicated people at SANParks Kruger National Park who work on this important conservation project.


If you would like to submit your photos to the project, please email your submissions to tuskers@sanparks.org.