IF YOU ARE SELF-DRIV­ING:

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Elephant Charges -

AL­WAYS KEEP YOUR DIS­TANCE

Never in­vade an ele­phant’s space. Turn off your en­gine, speak qui­etly, be re­spect­ful but vig­i­lant.

READ BODY LAN­GUAGE

Watch for an ele­phant lift­ing one leg from the ground, swing­ing it and kick­ing up dust; hold­ing its ears out for a pro­longed pe­riod to show its size; or shak­ing its head repeatedly. With any of these signs, back away slowly.

LEAVE TWO ES­CAPE ROUTES

Make sure there are at least two clear ‘es­cape’ routes, so nei­ther of you feels trapped.

DON’T SPLIT UP FAM­ILY GROUPS

Your view­ing po­si­tion should not sep­a­rate ele­phant fam­ily mem­bers.

WILDLIFE HAS RIGHT OF WAY

Be pa­tient. No horns.

DON’T SHIFT VIEW­ING POINTS

Choose one spot and stay there for the du­ra­tion of the sight­ing.

AL­WAYS LOOK AROUND

Watch out for any sur­prises; you may not have seen the ‘whole picture’ on ar­rival.

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