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Elephants - The great ivory bearers

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

Ears as large as the sails of the ships that float across Lake Victoria flap on both sides of their tiny black eyes as they migrate across the Savannah in search of water and fresh food to satisfy their great appetites. As their search continues, five thousand pounds press into the dead burnt grass of the Savannah.

Their long trunks extend to the ground and then curve up to the bright blue skies of the national park, praising the lord and thanking him for the water and food they have; and obviously seeing another day before the poachers see them.

They trumpet as they witness a large pool of fresh water and large trees decorated with bright green leaves. As the calves hurry into the waters, excited to see such a large pool of water for the first time, their mothers rush behind them hoping there are no dangers lurking around and in the water and the herd of male elephants spreads out looking for the best and juiciest leaves and branches to feast on.

As they wash the brown dust from their wrinkled but flawless grey and colossal bodies, they sing and rejoice in harmony as beautiful birds dance and swoop above them. Some stretch their long trunks to reach the top of the trees they hold onto as they balance on their hind legs and some roll in the mud knowing they have an abundance of water to splash after.

Long tusks protrude from their faces reminding anyone that crosses their path that their joy is not to be mistaken for friendship.

Happy elephants means a happy Serengeti.

5 facts about the African Elephant:

  • Scientific name is Loxodonta africana.

  • They weigh between 2.5 to 7 tons.(2267 to 6350 kg)

  • Their large ears help them to keep their bodies cool.

  • Their trunk has 40,000 muscles.

  • They can consume up to 300 pounds (136 kg) of food per day.

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