Giants of Tarangire

Elephants are fascinating and intelligent animals. We saw many on our safari: in herds, small groups, and alone. They are social animals and usually travel in matriarchal herds, consisting of several females and their offspring of varying ages.
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Male elephants leave the herd when they are adolescents. They are sometimes alone, like this  young bull, or in groups with other young males.
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At maturity, they will find a herd to join. Size matters! The largest male is more likely to be accepted into the herd.
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Elephants enjoy a good mud wallow!
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We see a herd crossing the Tarangire River.
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Mom pushes him up the muddy slope.
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He still doesn’t get up! Mom pushes harder…
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Finally, “Look, Mom – see? I can get up all by myself!” he seems to be saying with satisfaction!SONY DSC
On the other side of the river, we hear a loud trumpeting sound. A male elephant missing half a tusk has charged one of the other young bulls!SONY DSC
The two tussle.
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The aggressor seems to be in pain! He is finally driven off and he goes off into the forest making loud grunting sounds.
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Later, a more peaceful scene: a young calf suckles from its mother.
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The young do not grow tusks until after their first year.
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All is well in this calf’s life!
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I hope you have enjoyed this “slice of life” of these (mostly) gentle giants of Tarangire!

 

 

 

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