For as long as I can remember, elephants have been my favorite animal, which is why in celebration of World Elephant Day, I have decided to showcase a few of my favorite photos of the African elephant from my time in Africa two years ago.
My first African elephant sighting in Botswana did not occur in a National Park, but instead right on the street. We were on our way to Chobe National Park, when we spotted two elephants kicking a water pipe and helping themselves to the water that came out. Marveling at the intelligence the creatures possessed, we all watched in awe and snapped a few photos.
Our next sightings occurred throughout Chobe National Park by both safari vehicle and boat. We watched the elephant families cool off in the mud, and were even charged by a large elephant, though we learned that they only actually charge on their third attempt.
A few days after Chobe National Park, we headed to the Okavango Delta, where we were able to spot elephants by foot. We had to keep our distance, in case they charged at us, so I don’t have any good photos, but I do have one of an elephant footprint.
Our final elephant sightings occurred in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Here we learned, that the elephants who reside in the park have a mineral deficiency, which causes their tusks to easily break or simply not grow at all. While they were different than the elephants we observed in Botswana, they were equally impressive to watch.
Seeing African elephants in the wild was probably one of the most magical experiences I’ve had while traveling. They are intelligent and majestic giants who are in danger. August 12th is World Elephant Day, in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers that elephants around the world face. From protecting them from poachers to better conserving their natural habitat, we need to protect elephants all over the world so that future generations have the pleasure of seeing them for their own eyes. To find out more and pledge to help elephants, you can click here.