Taking a rest. Toenail reflecting the sun.
Morula showing off her dental work.
Keeping an eye on you whilst I’m gone on vacation. Behave yourselves.
Old camera, old photograph. An evening drink. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
In the early morning light. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
Thembi twiddling a stick, about to grab it with the tip of her trunk.
Relaxed trunk, bristly hair. See how the wrinkles fold into themselves – sorta like a slinky?
Tusks, trunk and eyelashes. Look closely at her left tusk. See the abrasion marks where she pulls grass and branches across it, often holding the end of them with her trunk as she chews on the other – a conveyor belt of mastication.
A black pupil and topaz iris stares down at you. A rim of white circles both of his irises, a condition known in humans as Arcus senilis, commonly appearing in the elderly as a result of elevated cholesterol. The condition is noted in older Asian elephants, but no similar survey exists for African elephants. In humans the white ring is caused by low eye pressure. Since this is a young elephant, perhaps that’s what causes the rings around his eyes. Or maybe not; no one knows.
An elephant path, Savuti area, Chobe National Park, Botswana. Elephants have worn down this path on their way to drink from the Savuti Channel.