Elephants

Nuzzling

Nuzzling, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Today, 9/22, is National Elephant Appreciation Day; yes, really it is.  So, to celebrate, I decided to publish my elephant pics from South Africa.

Our elephant experience was interesting.  I learned that they are not subtle animals.  You only have to look at the broken brush, trees and branches as well as the trail of dung to know elephants have been through.  Elephants eat a lot but only digest a small portion of what they eat.  Their dung becomes a source of food for other animals.  At Addo Elephant National Park, they have signs warning you not to run over dung beetles because they are the clean-up crew and are an important part of the ecosystem.

I knew from documentaries that elephants are very protective of their young.  But, it was interesting to see it in action.  When elephants didn’t feel threatened, the calves romped and played.  At the first sign of threat, the adults herded the young in between them.  It is really neat to see this behavior firsthand.

I hope you enjoy my images of these fascinating creatures.

Regards

Larry

Note: 1) Click on image to see in larger size

2) These and other images are available for purchase at http://www.earthwatcher.us or by contacing larry@earthwatcher.us

Coming to the Water Hole - P1

Coming to the Water Hole – Perspective 1.  Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Coming to the Water Hole - P2

Coming to the Water Hole – Perspective 2. Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Ready for a Swig

Ready for a Swig. Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Calf at the Water Hole

Calf at the Water Hole. Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Elephant Calf

Elephant Calf. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Along the Game Trail - P1

Along the Game Trail – Perspective 1. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Along the Game Trail - P2

Along the Game Trail – Perspective 2. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Foraging at Sunset

Foraging at Sunset. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Calf at the Mud Hole

Calf at Mud Hole. Addo Elephant Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Momma and Baby - P1

Momma and Baby – Perspective 1. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

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