‘African Elephant Bull Dusting,’ a fine art B&W wildlife photograph of an elephant using his trunk to spray dust and sand on his skin. The dirt is used as sunscreen. That protects him against flies, parasites, and the harsh sun. The elephant stands in the open of the African savannah.
Did you know that elephants are the largest living land mammal globally? Male elephants, otherwise known as bulls, can reach a height of 4 meters / 13 feet. Although females can weigh in at an enormous 3,5 tonnes, the bulls can reach 7 tonnes. Therefore, they need to eat 4-7% of their body weight daily to stay healthy. Elephants are herbivores, so not to worry! They only eat trees, fruit, grasses, herbs, and plants. However, we know elephants can be aggressive towards vehicles when they have felt threatened. Make sure to keep an eye out for them and make sure you give them the respect they deserve. Try not to stay in their walking path.
African elephants, Loxodonta africana, are listed in the category vulnerable of the IUCN list.
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