Elephants are careful to protect their young – as you can see here the adults form a protective circle around the baby!
Sometimes, even big is not big enough…
Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
It’s getting hot in Zambia – and the elephants in South Luangwa National Park take the opportunity to take a refreshing bath.
An elephant mother and her calf drinking at a waterhole.
Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
An elephant mum and baby playing at a waterhole in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Waterholes like this are especially popular during the dry season from May to November. During this time, there is no rain and as the grass and leaves turn brown and dry the animals need access to a stable water supply. In this wet area one pool of water was used for drinking, while another became a swimming pool. The elephants greatly enjoy bathing; splashing in the mud until they are as brown as the soil. After the bath comes a dusting of sand. When this elephant sunscreen is in place it is time to move on.
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A majestic elephant bull in profile. Because of the threat of poaching, the number of really old and big male elephants has dwindled in the past decades. It is a joy to see them – and always a little scary too, I must say! The photo was taken in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa. In this edit, the background is evenly coloured, and the shape of the elephant is stylized.
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