Elephants May Never Forget, But The Human Posting This Photo Has A Very Faulty Memory

I have no recollection of taking this photo. I came across it yesterday in a pile of ‘to scan’ shots that had been lurking on my desk for a while. How could I not remember this marvellous scene – elephant family against Maasai Mara backdrop of the Oloololo Escarpment? Not only that (and I know elephants are short-sighted) but the one left-of-centre, possibly the matriarch, seems to be looking straight into my lens. And the ears are out, which is not usually a very good sign. Fortunately, though, the trunk is not up. When that happens, swift retreat is definitely called for; an angry elephant can flatten a truck.

We must have driven on and left them to their peaceful browsing. Time is of the essence; it takes a lot to fill an elephant every day – 300-400lb (135-180kg) of grass, reeds and tree parts (grass is their preferred food and they actively deforest areas to encourage grasslands, which may explain the broken tusk) and 30-60 gallons (135-270 litres) of water. A full time job then, seeing to those creature requirements.

For more about elephants see the previous post.

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copyright 2018 Tish Farrell

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31 thoughts on “Elephants May Never Forget, But The Human Posting This Photo Has A Very Faulty Memory

  1. I used to remember the aperture and speed at which I’d shot the picture, and there were tens of thousands…. but… I console myself with the thought that I didn’t have to eat all that grass… I still was a monkey, no matter how much I loved the elephants… Good to learn about the elephants. Good to see pictures.

    1. That’s an interesting question, and no, we didn’t. It didn’t seem to matter what we were seeing, or even not seeing – it was all endlessly fascinating. I have never been so engaged with my environment as I was there. I could watch grass – fever trees – for hours on end.

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