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Gentle Giants: World Elephant Day Photoblog

By Madikwe Hills on August 12, 2022

“We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence.” – Graydon Carter

In honour of World Elephant Day – 12 August – we’ve put together a collection of our favourite elephant photos, captured by guides, guests and professional photographers who we’ve worked with.

andrewlphotography

Image Credit: andrewlphotography

Adult elephants spend up to 18 hours a day eating and drinking. They can drink up to 200 litres of water a day!

Image Credit: Lyne Davel

Image Credit: Lyne Davel

The closest relative to an elephant is the rock hyrax (or dassie) – a small mammal found in sub-Saharan Africa.

aineshsooriya_photography

Image Credit: aineshsooriya_photography

Newborn elephants can weigh up to 90kg. Some take to sucking their trunk for comfort in much the same way that humans suck their thumbs.

Monique De Caro

Image Credit: Monique De Caro

Elephant trunks can have over 40,000 individual muscles. Compare that to the entire human body, which has only 639 muscles in total!

Image Credit: upplevsydafrika

Image Credit: upplevsydafrika

Female elephants live in large matriarchal groups. They are typically all related and are led by the oldest in the group.

syncexcursions

Image Credit: syncexcursions

Elephant tusks are actually just huge incisor teeth which make an appearance when elephants are around 2 years old. Tusks continue growing throughout their lives.

aineshsooriya_photography

Image Credit: aineshsooriya_photography

If you’re interested in visiting Madikwe Game Reserve to see our elephants and much more wildlife (including the Big 5) get in touch with our reservations team or view our room rates here.

We look forward to helping you plan your stay at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge.

 

Image Credits (In Order):

  • Lyne Davel
  • andrewlphotography
  • Lyne Davel
  • Lyne Davel
  • aineshsooriya_photography
  • Monique De Caro
  • jmalanphoto
  • upplevsydafrika
  • syncexcursions
  • aineshsooriya_photography

 

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