Elephants in the wild

After experiencing firsthand the plight of “domesticated” Thai elephants at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, it was nice to come face-to-face with several herds of wild African elephants at Maasai Mara. On our second day, we stumbled across a large group of fifteen elephants walking across some dry grasses (from which most of the photos below came).

On our third day we discovered a group of elephants munching on the leaves of some dense small bushes, when another group showed up, nearly stampeding, and exhibited a terrific display of stomping, head shaking, ear-flapping, and spine-tingling roaring. (I’m not sure if it’s true, but I’ve heard that the dinosaur roars from Jurassic Park were recorded from elephants.)

It was hard to tell exactly what was going on (or take any meaningful photos), but there must have been over 30 elephants clumped among the bushes, staring each other down. Perhaps the second group was defending their luscious green territory? At one point the retreating group of elephants started inching towards our 4×4 so we got out of their way quickly.

Elephant in grass at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
One elephant walking through the grass
A baby elephant surrounded at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
A baby elephant surrounded by its family
Elephant group walking away at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
The herd walks away

An elephant portrait at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
An elephant stays behind to pose for a portrait
A baby elephant at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Another day we stumbled upon an adorable baby elephant
A baby elephant and mama at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Out for a walk with its mama

1 Comment

Jonathan

Elephants will have no secret for you anymore!
And they look quite more impressive with their huge tusks and size!

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