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The Chobe National Park is widely known for its spectacular elephant population: It contains an estimated 50,000 elephants, perhaps the highest elephant concentration of Africa, and part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population. The elephant population seems to have solidly built up since 1990, from a few thousand. 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.

Poaching significantly reduced the population of Loxodonta in certain regions of Africa during the 20th century. In the ten years preceding an international ban in the trade in ivory in 1990 the African elephant population was more than halved from 1.3 million to around 600,000. The African elephant nominally has governmental protection, but poaching for the ivory trade can devastate populations. Kenya was one of the worst affected countries with populations declining by as much as 85 percent between 1973 and 1989. Protection of African elephants has become high profile in many countries.
African Elephants (Loxodonta africana), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 135 mm, 1/400 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 160
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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