The Red Elephants in Tsavo

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The mighty red elephant in Tsavo. It’s friendly but don’t mess around

Elephants are the only majestic wild animals that have a high sense of intelligence in the whole world. Most tourists visit the country to explore and learn how elephants carryout their daily activities in our wild.

Elephants always walk in herds
Elephants always walk in herds

Few years ago, it’s estimated that there were more than 350 species of elephants across the world. Today we have only two renown species left that is in Asian and Africa. The two species are still at risk of being faced out if illegal hunting persists in the wild.

The two are from taking a bath
The two are from taking a bath

However, the specified species have sub species in each of the groups. With the Asian elephants there are the Indian, Sri Lanka, Sumatran, and Borneo which is also called the Pygmy.

The photographer is trying to get a good shot.
The photographer is trying to get a good shot.

In Africa, there are two sub species; the Savannah which is often called the Bush elephant. There is also the Forest elephants. All of these subspecies for both of the categories are named for the locations that are their natural habitat.

Elephants can never attack if you keep a distance
Elephants can never attack if you keep a distance

Elephants have distinct behavior and traits that make them different from other animals in the wild. According to elephant world, female elephants are very social because they spend their entire lives in the same herd. They take very good care of their offspring, and all of the females jump in to help as well.

Vegetation is a good diet for elephants
Vegetation is a good diet for elephants

They are excellent when it comes to communicating both verbally and non verbally. They also are very protective of each other. On the other end, the males tend to be loners or sometimes they join a bachelor herd.

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Red elephants in Tsavo

A few years ago, I had no idea an elephant can change its commonly known grayish color to red. One day I packed my equipment to visit one of the biggest parks in Kenya to witness this particular discovery. The trip was basically meant to satisfy my curiosity as a photographer and get photos for my campaign dubbed #SaveWildlife.

Elephants enjoying a bath in Tsavo
Elephants enjoying a bath in Tsavo

The red elephants from the park signify that Kenya is rich in wildlife and Kenyans need to visit these areas and discover our heritage. At the same time illegal trades can be stopped if we unite as a nation and protect what we have by appreciating the natural habitats in the bush.

Elephants can eat even thickets
Elephants can eat even thickets

So, the dusty soil of Tsavo is naturally red, the elephants regularly partake of dust baths and through that they become red. The dust serves as an important anesthetic to protect the elephant’s skin. It also has the added bonus of shining up their tusks in to an almost silver appearance. But these elephants face many challenges from lions and poachers. This in turn endangers the health of future generations of those weaker and smaller animals which are left behind.

 

Credits

Photography: David Macharia

Writer: Vateta.com

 

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