Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Chobe's Elephants

Chobe National Park in Botswana has one of the largest populations of wild elephants in the world. They are also some of the largest elephants in body size as well.

You regularly see them crossing the river. Sometimes in family units and somtimes alone.

When you are cruising the Chobe River, the boat guides get you up close and personal to these incredible elephants.

After this elephant crossed the river, he began to give himself a thorough mud bath.

After getting mud all over his body, he then began his dust bath.

Elephants eat many things - tree leaves, grasses, tree branches etc. They are actually pretty rough on their environment. But one of the most amazing things I saw were these elephants eating these branches with these big thorns on them. The thorns were not slowing these elephants at all.

There were baby elephants everywhere. Elephants take several years to mature, so there were many different sized young elephants. It was fun to watch them nurse.

At the end of the day it was fun to see the beautiful African sunset with the elephants silhouetted against the beautiful glowing sky.

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