Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Elephants in Addo

Today I just wanted to post a couple of random elephant photos taken in the Addo Elephant National Park. Its been a while since I've been there and today I was kind of missing the park, so I decided to do a post on it. I have posted on the park before and you can read my first post explaining more about the park here.

A family of elephants drinking water at the Domkrag waterhole.


A mother elephant is leading her baby and two other youngsters to a waterhole. The one walking in the back is probably also hers while the little bull (you can see his little tusks already) could be her nephew.


One of Addo's big bulls taking a mud bath at the Hapoor waterhole. There are several reasons for throwing mud on their backs. Firstly elephants don't have sweat glands and throw mud and water onto their backs to cool down. Secondly because they have a lot of wrinkles in their skin, they have a lot of tics, lice and bacteria that live in those wrinkle. The mud hardens on top of the skin and it kills of all the unwanteds. Thirdly the mud also act as a protection against the sun. Now I understand why women like to have a mudpack on their face or go for a mud bath at a spa. Go figures.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, these photos just make my heart melt! The elephants are awesome and your pictures of them are truly brilliant. The mother leading the young ones is just pure perfection.

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  2. Oh my goodness !! you have such wonderful photographs, these are brilliant, the mother and babies is just gorgeous :-)

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  3. Can't add much....but they are great shots of something we don't see here.

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  4. Thanks guys. By the way, did anybody notice that I figured out how to do a link rather than just posting the website address. I finally got tired of looking stupid and went looking under the help application.

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  5. I heven't been to Addo park since about 1997 - and now I can't think why! They really have upgraded since I was a kid, and I will really have to make a plan to get there when I visit PE next.

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  6. Hi Firefly, nice shots of the elephants. I will be going there this week with some overseas visitors.

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