Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

While the African elephants are play fighting, the elephant facing to the camera has its ear flapping up. Its eyes wide, and its trunk is contrasting against the bright river. You can see these fabulous elephants do enjoy their play in the water.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-T2 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/400s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 560mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5834 by 3889 pixels (WxH).

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While the impressive African elephants are play fighting, the elephant facing to the camera has its ear flapping up. Its eyes wide, and its trunk is contrasting against the bright river. You can see these fabulous elephants do enjoy their play in the water. The water is splashing against them and creating little waves as a result of their commotion. The foreground and background have bright green grass, and the river divides them in the mid-ground.

An African elephant’s diet consists of roots, grasses, fruit, and bark. An adult elephant can eat 136kg / 300 lbs of food and 200 liters / 50 gallons of water per day. Since they are the largest land animal, they need much food daily. These hungry and impressive animals do not sleep much. Undoubtedly, they roam over great distances while foraging for the immense quantities of food. Their daily food intake is between 4 – 7% of their overall body weight. Subsequently, they will then deposit around 150 kg / 330 lbs of dung a day.

African elephants, unlike their Asian relatives, cannot easily domesticated. They range throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the rain forests of central and West Africa.

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

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