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The Chobe National Park in Botswana is probably best known for its spectacular elephant population: It contains an estimated 50,000 elephants, perhaps the highest elephant concentration of Africa. Elephants living here are Kalahari elephants, the largest in size of all known elephant populations. They are characterized by rather brittle ivory and short tusks, perhaps due to calcium deficiency in the soils. At dry season, these elephants reside temporarily in Chobe River and the Linyanti River areas. At rain season, they make a 200-km migration to the southeast stretch of the park. Their distribution zone however outreaches the park and spreads to northwestern Zimbabwe.
African elephants are highly intelligent, and they have a very large and highly convoluted neocortex, a trait also shared by humans, apes and certain dolphin species. They are amongst the world’s most intelligent species.
-In this image a male elephant is “testing” the waters before entering the fully flooded Chobe River, in mid April.
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 92 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 160
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