Kunene Region, Namibia, Africa

A wildlife photograph that shows an elephant eating from a tree, while he stretches its body fully to reach a branch. Same time he lifts his head to grab with his trunk a branch. He has his right leg in the air to gain a bit more of height.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/800s
  • ISO: 640
  • Focal Length: 165mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3264 by 4896 pixels (WxH).

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A Desert elephant is eating from a tree, while the bull stretches with all his might to get to that branch. He uses one of the many capabilities of its dynamic trunk. As a result, its mouth is slightly open. Same time he shows us a good view of the pink color of the inside of its mouth. Nearly the entire top half of the photograph takes the green hanging leaves of the tree. In the bottom half is of the mighty bull stretching as much as he can. Behind him are more green bushes and the slanted side of a rock face. Indeed, Desert elephants have adapted to be resourceful as there is not always an abundance of food and water.

Undoubtedly, the trunk has many features and uses:

  • Elephants use it in conjunction with the tusks to break down branches. That you see above, in the desert elephant, is eating from a tree.
  • Pick bundles of grass with its trunk.
  • Conveying food to the mouth.
  • Drink by filling the trunk with water to squirting into their mouths.
  • Cool themselves by spraying water over their bodies.
  • In drought periods they will dig for water, using first the tusks, then the trunk.

African elephants, Loxodonta africana, listed in category vulnerable of the IUCN list.

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