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CAPTURED LOCATION: ‘THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK’ South Africa
GREAT TUSKERS OF THE “ KRUGER NATIONAL PARK” SOUTH AFRICA
I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH WITH THIS SHOT TO CAPTURE “TWO” TUSKERS !
“There is no creature in Africa quite as dramatic, as imposing or as regal as the elephant. He is the true king of beasts, the largest land mammal on earth, beside whom the lion is a mere courier and before whom the powerful rhino, hippo and buffalo and all else give way. In his pure environment this majestic giant of up to six or seven tons has no natural enemies for he is not a predator and there is non large enough to challenge him. If there were music in the wild he would surely move to the strains of Beethoven, such is his ponderous grace and awesome presence
Since recorded history the elephant has captured the imagination of man more firmly than any other animal – initially in the Far East, where he was trained as a friend and a worker, a formidable ally in the battle or on hunt, and a symbol of monarchy. Modern man latter rediscovered the elephant in Africa, where he and early primitive peoples has existed in relatively peaceful parallel for aeons, and found him to be untrainable, unlike the Indian elephant, but a rich source of ivory. Thus man became and still is the greatest enemy. Lions are the only other because young elephants are sometimes killed by them.
Since then the existence of this extra-ordinary gentle sage species has been in steady decline. Only a few hundred years ago elephants inhabited the length and breadth of Africa, from the Maiombe forests in West Africa across the high slopes of the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda to the coral beaches of East Africa. ” KRUGER PORTRAIT OF A NATIONAL PARK” by David Paynter with Wilf Nussey