Elephant… Kruger National Park..

“Mommy I’m Thirsty”……………..A youngster takes a drink from it’s mother… sorry cars you wait… The mammary gland of the female is under her front legs.. by standing with the leg forward, she makes the teat available for the young one to drink…

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A Elephant herd is made up of Cows with their young and only joined by a bull when he is in musk… the herd is led by a matriarch who can be seen clearly in this following photo.. she’s the biggest and seems to command the movement of the others, silently…

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They are a very well knit family unit and from the photos one can see their protection of each other…

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The slightest sense of danger and the young are well protected by keeping in close contact with the mothers…..

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And you will always get young bulls that have to show off their strength…

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But if there is one photo that demonstrates a family unit, mother and two children the following photo is by far my favourite… there is just something about this group….

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39 thoughts on “Elephant… Kruger National Park..

  1. WOW! They are so beautiful photographs… and how great creatures… Especially the last photograph, fascinated me more… Thank you dear Rob, for a few minutes I imagined myself there and in the car and watching them with my own eyes and also with my camera… I can die for this. What a great moment… Love, nia

    • Thanks Gina, they are a mammal I never tire of watching, amazing communication skills and they can play just like children, as big as they are, they’re not all that slow…

    • Thanks and I can get to see them a few times every year… in the wild where they should be.. I’m lucky… but then I look at some of the photos taken by all and wish I could also be there…

  2. It amazes me you live this close to elephants!!!! Makes going to the zoo seem so silly!!! Love seeing the animals in their natural environment. Under the leg??? Who knew…well obviously you. Fascinating. Your blog is brilliant. Really enjoy visiting. Great photos. Sam

  3. Oh my — it’s past 1 am here and I feel like I’m seeing a mirage 🙂 This is just the most unbelievable sight to behold. Your photos keep getting better and better. Beautiful – touching and amazing bulldog! Gosh that last shot is phenomenal — National Geographic needs it asap!!! xo

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