Baby Elephant Under Close Protection
Caption: Baby elephant (Loxodonta africana) under close protection by a pair of adults, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botsana.
Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM; Focal length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/2000; aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400
While out on a morning game drive during a visit to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana, we had the privilege of watching a large herd of elephants — probably around 150 in all — moving slowly past in groups of varying sizes (below).
Within the groups there were many youngsters, varying in age from vulnerable infants to precocious sub-adults.
It was the “close protection” afforded the babies by the surrounding adults that was particularly fascinating to watch. Very seldom was a young elephant isolated for long enough to grab a photo; the majority of the time the youngsters were obscured by a protective forest of adults’ legs and trunks.
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