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Where ele­phants swim

Wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers Mal­colm and Carol Collins were two kilo­me­tres down­stream from Ihaha Camp­site when they saw this ele­phant calf. It was in some dis­tress and the mother started call­ing loudly when she re­alised it was 20 me­tres be­hind the herd. For­tu­nately, the calf made it across the river safely and the group con­tin­ued into Chobe Na­tional Park. No­madic ele­phant herds thrive on the Chobe River flood­plains where food and wa­ter are plen­ti­ful dur­ing the dry win­ter sea­son. Botswana’s broad sys­tem of highly pro­tected parks, which span over 200 000 square kilo­me­tres, of­fers asy­lum for el­lies. As ele­phants have such highly de­vel­oped sen­sory and cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties, they’re able to sense dan­ger from poach­ers, and with re­cent in­ci­dents in Mozam­bique and Zim­babwe more have moved to Botswana where they feel safe. Chobe’s pop­u­la­tion is huge, cur­rently es­ti­mated at 120 000, and sun­set cruises on the river are an ideal way to ex­pe­ri­ence these re­mark­able an­i­mals. chobe­na­tion­al­park.co.za

Day. Search 12 Au­gust is World Ele­phant and de­sign and name NameThemSaveThem # and for a good cause a vir­tual el­lie. It’s fun

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