Of course I’d seen elephants before, but only in captivity: in zoos, circuses and the like. Seeing them in the wild was a completely different experience. In captivity they looked subdued, still magnificent but rather sad as if all their energy had been taken away. In the wild they’re full of energy. As we approached this family group (I assume) the large elephant on the right broke off and moved in our direction. I wouldn’t have liked to have tangled with him (or maybe it’s a her) and thankfully we didn’t have to. This picture fails to give a true impression of their size. Even though it was taken almost 20 years ago I still have a strong memory of their size. They’re enormous.

Taken with a Canon AE-1 and, I think, a Vivitar 70-210mm zoom lens.




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