Fab Photos Friday: Elephants

Donald Trump Jr holding the the tail of an elephant he killed this past week (yes, I know holding the tail is an African sign of respect) caused quite a ruckus online. For this Fab Photo Friday I thought I would share elephant photos from my safaris and from my volunteer experience in Thailand. Elephants are charismatic animals…touchingly close and maternal, majestic and often friendly. I still think it is an oxymoron to say that in order to save a species, hunters need to pay to kill a member of that species, but that’s just me. Even when the herds are too big, I can’t say I am enthusiastic about hunting. Since humans seem to have screwed up nature’s balance, I suppose hunters are needed…but I could never kill an animal myself. Yes, I feel badly enough about chickens and turkeys and pigs and cows…factory farming not only harms our environment but is cruel and unnecessary. Anyway…here are some of my favorite elephant photographs. The Asian elephant numbers are down to about 2,000 in the wild in Thailand…their extinction is almost a sure thing. Notice how elephants ears take the shape of the continent they are from?

You can see the coloration of the mouth...an albino elephant in Sabi Sabi, Kruger, South Africa.

You can see the coloration of the mouth…an albino elephant in Sabi Sabi, Kruger, South Africa.

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Asian elephants using tools in Thailand

The African elephant in Chobe, Botswana. Photo credit Randy Minton.

The African elephant in Chobe, Botswana. Photo credit Randy Minton.

Mama and her baby

Elephant moms and their babies are inseparable, and it takes many years for mother to teach her baby all it needs to know. Taking a baby from its mother is cruelty for such highly evolved, intelligent and emotional creatures.

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Only bulls come into the Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania.

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Enjoying a rub down in Lake Manyara, Tanzania.

 

A parade of elephants!

A parade of elephants in Tanzania

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Nothing like a mother’s love, Tanzania.

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This elephant is musking (*producing scent) and look at those tusks! Lake Manyara, Tanzania.

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Elephants on the hillside….Serengeti, Tanzania.

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In the waterhole, Chobe, Botswana.

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After a nice drink and soak. Chobe, Botswana.

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Our tracker, Pat, did a great job finding elephants! This guy is among the largest we saw. Sabi, Kruger, South Africa.

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Big guy.

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An adorable baby…so curious! Sabi.

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Close up.

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Two young bulls testing their strength in Chobe.

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A drink in the marshes, Chobe.

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My daughter and I volunteered at Elephant World in Thailand in 2014. This elephant was blind.

 

Volunteering at an elephant sanctuary

Volunteering at an elephant sanctuary

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Randy and Wes taking photos in Chobe, Botswana.

Tam feeding elephant

Tam feeding elephant

John with a 78 year old female!

Affection after a mud bath! Thailand.

With Lam Duan, a 57 year old blind elephant

With Lam Duan, a 57 year old blind elephant

Swim!

Swimming in the river with elephants, Thailand.

Nicely submerged

Nicely submerged for a nice cool off to end the day’s activities.

 

 

 

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Lesley says:

    Great photos. I especially love the little elephant with the big ears 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    Your pictures are wonderful!
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  3. They are so beautiful. I hate that people hunt and or hurt them. They always seem so peaceful.

  4. I don’t know why anyone would kill these beautiful creatures. He is an idiot.

  5. Kimba says:

    Such magnificent creatures! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics.
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  6. Tammy says:

    Tam, this sharing was SPECTACULAR! I LOVED every single one of them! These majestic gentle giants have been misunderstood for years. It’s heartbreaking what is happening to them. Humans could certainly use a larger dose of humanity. Loved this!

  7. Elephants are my favorites, and your photos are gorgeous. I have no respect for anyone who goes out to trophy hunt – who are they to take the lives of these precious animals?

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