Today is World Elephant Day. In my opinion it’s a crime that they don’t make every day World Elephant Day!
Elephants are without question my favourite animals. Lions are magnificent, and when they are hunting or interacting it is like the greatest show on earth. But they tend to sleep a lot. A LOT! And there is only so long one can watch a lion sleep for.
Leopards are gorgeous creatures. Feline grace simply oozes out of them, and you only need to see that beautiful spotted coat once to fall in love with the species. Guests return to Londolozi time and time again simply to view Leopards. But they can be tough to stick with, moving through the thickets and drainage lines of Londolozi where no Land Rover can follow.
Elephants on the other hand, provide immense value every time you see them. Hardly ever still as they move through the bush, feeding constantly to supply their enormous bulks with nutrition, one can watch them all day and be in awe. They are always doing… something. Watching the calves play with each other while the adults feed around them is a constant delight, and seeing the stately bulls walking sombrely through the Marula crests can fill one with a sense of peace and belonging.
My favourite thing about elephants however, is that when you look into their eyes, you know there is something going on back there. They are watching you just as much as you are watching them.
So without further ado we present a photographic feature on elephants, honouring them on World Elephant Day.
Photographed by Richard Laburn, James Tyrrell, Simon Smit and Mike Sutherland