Elephants In The Acacias


I have elephants on my mind today. Last night when we were trawling YouTube it threw up a mesmerizing BBC  film about the desert elephants of Mali’s Sahel. It was made back in 2001, and followed a research project that involved fitting radio collars to 8 elephants (a very tricky pursuit) and tracking them and their herd over a 700 mile migration route, from water source to water source, as they crossed the desert lands of Mali and Burkina Faso. A subsequent trawl on the web suggests the research is ongoing under the auspices of Save The Elephants. The film is well worth viewing, and this is the link to the Daily Motion version: The Lost Elephants of Timbuktu 2001.

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20 thoughts on “Elephants In The Acacias

  1. Really looking forward to getting back to elephant country next year. Simply magnificent, gentle giants in the wild. The ‘zoo’ variety look sad! We sited what our guides described as 1,000 elephants migrating from A-B while in Botswana in 2014.

    1. They are surprisingly soft-footed and soundless foot wise, and actually walk on tip toes which, an African zoologist once explained to me, are supported on a big pad of fat. Amazing creatures all round.

  2. My favorite animal I think. We didn’t see many of them in the Masi Mara three weeks ago but it could have been due to the season of the year.

    1. I think they gather in larger numbers during the rains which is usually also the mating season. But they are also very good at being invisible. Did you have a brilliant trip, Marie? I do hope so.

      1. It was wonderful. Wer saw do much. Though my body might never recover from the terrible road to and in the Masi Mara. 😎😎

      2. The worst part was that there is a brand new but not quite finished road running parallel to the bad road (road is an exaggeration in places).. Apparently the is a dispute with the Chinese contractor and it is just sitting there .🙁🙁🙁

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