CAPTURED: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SOUTH AFRICA
CAMERA NIKON D50
LENZ: SIGMA 70-300mmD
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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.
Elephants are generally placid, but can be extremely dangerous if threatened or when they are in season.
There are two aggressive behavioral patterns: If the animal is not serious about its intent, but just wishes to assert itself or show its dominance, it may mock charge, trumpeting loudly, with the trunk probably extended and the ears flapping. If however, the animal is intent on mischief, then the trunk may be rolled up for protection or left dangling, the ears are laid flat against the head and the tusks pointed directly at the quarry. The charge made is deadly in its silence.