Your Daily Elephant

A continuing series of elephant photographs.  Missing tusk and broken tusk.  Unknown stories in the life of this elephant.  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.


photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

4 responses

  1. Is this an older elephant? How does he manage to eat, or defend homself?

    1. Hi Carol – this elephant was with a group of males and his tusk was probably broken during a sparring match, but could also have been broken trying to push over a tree. The Savuti area is lacking in many of the minerals that help keep tusks strong. The missing tusk could be a genetic defect. As you know, trunks are more important for eating, and subservience to other males is the best defense. He’s large enough not to be attacked by lions. He was feeding on the mopane tree in the foreground.

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