Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 380mm, 1/800, f5.6, ISO 800

A baby elephant (Loxodonta africana) relishes the pleasures of flinging around the unweildy apendage that awkwardly flops from his face. It typically takes a young elephant about 3 years to fully master their trunk and to be able to utilize it’s full capabilities effectively. In the meantime, their awkward antics can keep an observer in stitches watching their struggling efforts to master the complexities of coordination and control.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

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  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...over 2 years ago

    Great shot!! Great info!

  • Thanks so much Franco!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    9 May 2012 – 2 images per day

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago


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  • Thanks so much Laura!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 2 years ago

    great angle from behind the mum’s large leg … he’s a real cutie, no doubt about it … since adults use their trunks with such finesse I’m not really surprised, now that you mention it, that it takes all that time to learn how to drive it

  • Thanks Carol! The peach fuzz that covers the newlyborns makes them almost….well hugable! Something like 50,000 muscles in that sucker (literally) to master if I remember right.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

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    Baby Animals FEATURES 3rd August 2012

  • Thanks so much Evita!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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