Kunene Region, Namibia, Africa

A Wildlife photograph in color features African Desert elephants walk through a dry riverbed in Namibia. Undoubtedly, the riverbed and surroundings look extremely dry. Between two adult elephants walk a small calf.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 July, 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/8
  • Exposure time: 1/2500s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 280mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4600 by 2587 pixels (WxH).

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African Desert elephants walk through the Hoanib riverbed in Namibia. Undoubtedly, the riverbed and surroundings look extremely dry. Of course, it is in the Namibian desert. Between two adult elephants walk a small calf, well protected by the adult’s female animals. Behind the animals, the browny colors of the photograph break up by green bushes. The Desert elephants walk from the right to the left, crossing the riverbed. Behind them, you see a tree and shrubs that take up the left side of that wildlife photograph.

It is incredible to see the rugged mountains and canyons along the Hoanib River. Additionally, they provide shelter for many Namibian wildlife and birds. Indeed, with a length of 270 km / 167 mi, the Hoanib river is one of the 12 short seasonal rivers in west Namibia. Also, being the border between northern Damaraland and Kaokoland. Desert elephants and Desert Lions that live here have adapted to the desert habitat. You will often find Desert elephants marching in riverbeds. As illustrated in that photograph, ‘Elephants Walk Through A Riverbed.’

Namibian elephants generally form in herds of about 10 – 20 members, led by a matriarch. Following the dry spells, they will all congregate at watering holes. Potentially, elephants can live up to 70 years old, depending on the success of their environment. Of course, what plays a role as well, is the availability of food and water.

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

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