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, 17 July, 2023

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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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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.

Elephant Bull Dusting

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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3 comments for African Elephant Bull Dusting

  1. Stephen

    Absolutely stunning, Anette. 👍

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thank you very much. 😀

  2. Carla Steenhof-Bloemendaal

    My comment is really for all the pictures! One after another are wonderful.
    It’s always amazing that every picture is so detailed and the story with them are clear!
    All my life I love to learn and I learn from these pictures and stories!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Hello Carla,
      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I am glad you appreciate each story that is written with every picture in my nature photography portfolio.
      Kind regards,

  3. Hanneke

    Just fabulous!!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Very dusty. 😀
      Thank you very much, Hanneke.
      Cheers Anette

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