Angie Away Safari Week continues!
I loved getting up close to the elephants of the Masai Mara. We must’ve seen 50 at a time just wandering the savanna at their own leisurely pace.
The African elephant largest living earth critter.
Elephants are regal, aren’t they? I was so excited every time Willy, my guide from Kichwa Tembo, would drive us near a herd. And there were so many precious elephant babies in the Masai Mara, huddling close to their mothers in most cases… but a few wandered off like the little guy above.
African elephant society is a matriarchal family affair made up of about 10 individuals.
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Poaching has wreaked havoc on elephant populations in the last century. Prior to an international ban on ivory trading in 1990, the Africa elephant population decreased from 1.3 million to 600,000. Kenya’s elephant population declined by 85 percent between 1973 and 1989.
Elephants are some of the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom, mostly due to a very large brain. “An elephant never forgets” is a saying for a very good reason!
Check out some video I took of the Masai Mara elephants, and listen to some gorgeous music I recorded the staff at Kichwa Tembo singing one night. It’s infectiously cheerful!
Coming soon… Lions!