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African elephant is the largest land animal with height up to 3.3 meters and weight up to 6,000 kg (consumes about 150 kg of grass per day). It uses its trunk to suck up and release water into its mouth as well as to spray it on its body to cool it. Dust-bathing after a swim helps to protect its skin from sunburn.
Their tusks are firm teeth; the second set of incisors become the tusks. They are used for digging for roots and stripping the bark off trees for food, for fighting each other during mating season, and for defending themselves against predators. The tusks weigh from 23–45 kg (51–99 lb) and can be from 1.5–2.4 m (5–8 ft) long. Unlike Asian elephants, both male and female African elephants have tusks.
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.
Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/350 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 160
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  • Thomas Anderson
    Thomas Andersonover 4 years ago

    AMAZING!!!

  • Thanks a lot Thomas! Cheers, Kon

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!! I love elephants.

  • Thanks a lot Gabrielle!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Your portfolio is magnificent!!

  • Many thanks Ken!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 4 years ago

    Looks impressive.. wish I was back there..

  • Thanks Steve, yes me too…

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago
    • Nice shot Konstantinos…
  • Many thanks Nichol, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtover 4 years ago

    WOW!! Great image.

  • Thanks a lot Barbara! You have a great portfolio, well done!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Karen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawover 3 years ago

  • With pleasure Peggi!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Stunning photography!

  • Thanks a lot Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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