Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A wildlife photograph in color shows a massive African elephant tusk covered in dust. That creates a beautifully unique moment to see up close. Every detail in the tusk and skin are visible in this close-up photograph.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/2200s
  • ISO: 1600
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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An impressive African Elephant tusk is covered in dust and creates a beautifully unique moment. Its beautiful tusk is a symbol of the great struggle this magnificent species has gone through. Every detail is visible in this close-up photograph of the tusk. As you can see, all crevices in the tooth are apparent, as well as the trunk’s wrinkles. That remarkable Elephant blows up the dust on its forehead. The Elephant’s full head is covered in the dust, while it falls over the tusk.

Despite their size, they are pretty nimble and can walk up to 195 kilometers / 121 miles per day. However, they usually only walk about 25 km daily. Elephants also run a lot faster than you would expect. They reach speeds of 40 kilometers / 25 miles an hour, which makes them a lot faster than humans. Elephants could once roam freely throughout the whole of Africa. However, due to conservation, there are certain areas and Savannahs in Africa left in which they can roam freely. African and Asian Elephants you find in 37 African countries.

African Elephants are social animals who tend to live in large groups. Elephants stay in loving family structures for the duration of their lives. Male Elephants have to leave the herd when they reach a certain age. Meanwhile, the females stay together in breeding herds.

The IUCN lists African Elephants or Loxodonta africana in the Vulnerable category.

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