WHEN TO BACK OFF! THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT - Afrika Olifant

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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PLEASE VIEW IN LARGE, THANK YOU
captured in The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA
Nikon D50
2012/12/01 09:25:24.8
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 400mm
Digital Vari-Program: Sports
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/400 sec – F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 200

When driving in Kruger, a situation like this needs to be handled with care. When Elephants gather in the road like this and block all traffic they have a very good reason for it. In this case it was a hug herd, with many new born baby elephants and they blocked the road for all the babies to first cross, once all the babies were safe, they opened the road for us to pass through!
In this capture all the little ones are bundled in the center of the group with the older elephants on the outside to protect them from any possible danger, while waiting for the rest still on their way to cross the road

THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT – Loxodonta Africana
Location captured: “The Kruger National Park”, South Africa.
Elephants have a highly developed social structure and family units are led by a cow elephant or matriarch. The matriarch is, by natural selection, the most experienced member of the group and automatically assumes leadership. The composition of the herd varies and one will find bulls of various ages in attendance. A bull may be distinguished from a cow by its rounded forehead; the cow’s forehead is angular. Both have tusks. Bulls leave the family unit at puberty (10 -12 years) and, in many instances, are driven out by the older cows.

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