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Guy Brunskill

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Guy grew up in the city of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a very young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ignited for this incredible environment. After school he acquired a ...

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on 5 Things You Need to Know About an Elephant’s Trunk

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Interesting facts Guy. Elephants are such fascinating animals. We watched adult elephants sucking up water from those round concrete reservoirs in Kruger with their trunks and dropping the water into the small calves mouths. It is amazing what thry can do with their trunks.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

The elephants trunk has got to be one of the most incredible organs ever developed! I read one estimate in one of Joyce Poole’s books that an elephants trunk could contain 180 000 muscles!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

The elephants trunk and it’s massive abilities are nearly incomprehensible! Thanks for the details. What surprised me was hearing that a trunk can be partially torn off and that the elephant can survive. Due to their massiveness, I know they probably weren’t attacked, so I assume an accident of some sort. I can’t imagine overcoming those deficits.

Malavika Gupta
Senior Digital Ranger

Guy, this is such a well written and thoroughly researched article. One of the most informative and unique pieces I’ve read in a while. Well done. I look forward to more blogs by you.

Kelly Bernard
Explorer

Awesome Guy, thanks for the informative post. I learnt a few new things which I will be sure to share with my guests! I have a question, do you know how the elephants on Londolozi lost part of their trunks? That’s so interesting, I’ve never heard that before.

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

What an informative article. I enjoyed learning more about our gentle giants, especially the intricacies of their trunks. The introductory photo of the trunk end is brilliant. Thank you!

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