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Alex Jordan

Alumni Ranger

Born in Cape Town, Alex grew up on a family wine estate in Stellenbosch. Spending much of his young life outdoors, Alex went on many a holiday into Southern Africa’s national parks and wild areas. After finishing high school, he completed a number ...

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on Textures and Details of a Giant

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Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

I agree with you, Alex, but still feel intimidated by them when they seem annoyed! We love to sit and watch their behavior, their interactions. Fascinating indeed!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog Alex. Wonderful close up images. I have read quite a few books about elephants lately. There is so much to learn and understand. They are fascinating animals.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

what is certainly amazing is that these large animals can walk so quietly that they can be next to you before you know.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Beautiful b/w photos of this “gentle” giant. I find elephant behavior fascinating and love watching them cool off in the smallest of mud holes, trunks completely engaged in the transfer of muddy water to their backs. Thanks for sharing.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A beautiful blog Alex. Ellies are truly gentle giants and so intelligent. Amazing how Mother Nature enabled them to do so much with their trunk. The pics of various parts of the elephant were fascinating and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing with us.

Kim Heckman

You are so perfectly correct!! These close up photos give me an entirely new perspective of the wonderful animals. Great job…thank you!!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

I’m counting days until I’m counting elephants again at Londolozi.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you Alex for this very enlightening information about these magnificent animals & your amazing pictures! Yes I know your fear, I was also terrified of them & would cower in the back floor, until I realised I was now older & wanted to see the national parks that are close to me, so I faced my fears at the Elephant Sanctuary & then went to Madikwe & also Addo, where I was fine, but its all about respecting the animals space, be it the biggest or smallest so I will be going back to Addo next year! Enjoy the rest of the week & weekend 🙂

Karen Millman

What a beautiful recounting of such incredible gained knowledge and insight into these amazing animals………loved the closeup shots soooo much!!

Eulalia Angédu

Awesome text and very detailed pictures you got there.Not only the devil is in the details indeed.This awesome research makes the wild more interesting and full of adventures and discoveries.Bravo Alex Bravo!

Carolyn Whitaker
Senior Digital Ranger

We had so many amazing encounters with elephants while there. It is quite wonderful, yet humbling, to be stopped in your rover and have a herd split to go around you! I love these magnificent creatures.

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