Moving with the big guys

January 4, 2018



Digging for water in a sand river  - photo by Anna De'Capitani - note the mother teaching the baby how to do this




Scratching an itchy ear - photo by Anna De'Capitani


Vultures on an elephant carcass - photo by Rebecca Phillips


The sun goes down on another Ruaha day - photo by Rebecca Phillips


These photos were taken in the Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania, in October 2017 by Anna De’Capitani and Rebecca Phillips of Mdonya Old River camp, dedicated to protection and conservation of these magnificent animals.



  • The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the largest living terrestrial mammal

  • The largest recorded individual reached 4 m at the shoulder and weighed 10 tonnes

  • Both the male and female African elephant have tusks, which are actually extended upper incisor teeth

  • African elephants live in matriarchal social families consisting of closely related females and their calves

  • Elephants use their trunks for vocalisation, feeding, drinking, greeting and other social behaviours

  • Low-frequency calls allow elephants to communicate over large distances and two-thirds of calls are emitted at a frequency below the range of human hearing

Man is the greatest enemy of the elephant.
Traditionally the major cause of the species’ decline has been poaching for ivory. While this still remains a threat, other issues caused by rapid human population growth have emerged. These include habitat loss, fragmentation and the development of agricultural land, which have all led to an increase in conflict between humans and elephants.


With thanks to Fauna & Flora International


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