It is said that Elephants hate the odor of smoke coming from burning elephant dung. This fire was started by one of the native park personnel carelessly dropping a lighted cigarette butt into some elephant dung. Behind the elephants is a watering hole that was drying up, but inspite of the rancid air, these desperately thirsty bulls still hung around.to get some water. [Savuti, Chobe NP, Botswana].
We were sitting in a small boat photographing this bull eating the grass that he had pulled up from the bottom, when the young man (our guide) asked me what I thought of the spectacle. I told him that it had gotten boring--no action! "Boring, is it? I'll change that!", he blurted as he jumped into the shallow water and walked towards the elephant. (see next image). [South Luangwa River, Zambia].
This is the youngest baby elephant that I have seen in 15 african safaris. We estimated that the baby was around a week old. It stood beneath its mother, providing a good size comparison. I was fortunate to have back-lighting to show the hairs on the legs and abdomen. The wrinkling of the skin from the amniotic fluid in utero, can still be seen. The infant probably weighed about 220 lbs. at birth. [Masuma Dam, Hwange NP, Zimbabwe].