Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

An African Elephant bull B&W wildlife fine art photograph that shows the bull blowing dust on his forehead. His trunk sprays the dust and sand on his skin. The animal stands in the vast open plain of the African savannah.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 7 July, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Exposure time: 1/1000s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 170mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3376 by 4220 pixels (WxH).

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Background

‘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. That protects him against flies, parasites, and the harsh sun. The dirt is used as a sunscreen. The elephant stands in the open of the African savannah.

Did you know that elephants are the largest living land mammal in the world? 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, elephants we know 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, listed in category vulnerable of the IUCN list.

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