Lonely walk across the plains by Irene  van Vuuren
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This old “Loxodonta africana” is strolling the plains of Etosha National Park in the north of Namibia, Southern Africa.

African elephants are the elephants of the genus Loxodonta (Greek for ‘oblique-sided tooth’), consisting of two extant species: the African bush elephant and the smaller African forest elephant. Loxodonta is one of the two existing genera in the family Elephantidae. Although it is commonly believed that the genus was named by Georges Cuvier in 1825, Cuvier spelled it “Loxodonte”. An anonymous author romanized the spelling to “Loxodonta”, and the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) recognizes this as the proper authority.

Fossil members of Loxodonta have only been found in Africa, where they developed in the middle Pliocene.

The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal. Its thickset body rests on stocky legs, and it has a concave back. Its large ears enable heat loss. Its upper lip and nose forms a trunk. The trunk acts as a fifth limb, a sound amplifier and an important method of touch. The African elephant’s trunk ends in two opposing lips, whereas the Asian elephant trunk ends in a single lip. African bush elephants are bigger than Asian elephants. Males stand 3.2–4.0 m (10–13 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 4,700–6,048 kg (10,360–13,330 lb), while females stand 2.2–2.6 m (7–9 ft) tall and weigh 2,160–3,232 kg (4,762–7,125 lb).

The largest recorded individual stood four metres (13.1 ft) to the shoulders and weighed 10 tonnes (10 long tons; 11 short tons).

- Wikipedia

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african elephant, loxodonta africana, etosha national park, namibia, southern africa

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  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 2 years ago

    Awesome,Irene :)

  • Thank you jozi1 for accepting my work, as well as for your inspiring comment. I appreciate!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Thank you so much Larry for the comment and for accepting my work to the Group. I do appreciate!

    – Irene van Vuuren

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago


    19 November 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thanks Konstantinos for accepting my work. I do appreciate!

    – Irene van Vuuren

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    Mackyalmost 2 years ago

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    cindy50over 1 year ago

    Wonderful work indeed! – click on the banner and it will take you to our Home Page so you can view your work

  • Thank you so much Jacqui Julyan, this is a surprise. I really do appreciate, thanks!

    – Irene van Vuuren

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  • Thank you so much Vitta for featuring my elephant. This is such a surprise! I appreciate your acknowledgement.

    – Irene van Vuuren

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