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Ross Cheshire

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Ross was born and raised in Durban, spending many a family holiday in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal. It is here that his love and passion for the African Bush developed. He decided to combine his love of working with people and ...

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on The Foot That Leaves The Tracks- Elephants

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Besides watching elephants meander, I really enjoy studying and photographing them, capturing the tail, a tattered ear, a bit of trunk, and their feet. It’s amazing that what seem to be relatively small feet for an animal that size(although they can look large) , can move so quietly and at times quickly through the brush. For novices, they have a print that is easily recognizable – easier than a leopard at times…..

Several years ago, while in Botswana, I had the opportunity to walk with Elephants. If I didn’t know that a 12,000 pound Elephant was walking next to me, I wouldn’t have known, as the sound of the Elephant made no noise while walking through the bush.

Elephants are one of my favorite animals. Their unique physical structure is an amazing example of evolution. Thank you Ross for the information about their feet and their individual footprints.

Hi Keagan, the foot print of the elephants are amazing. These huge mammals are such gentle giants and at times can be quite distructrctive. To be able to hold the weight of these huge mammals their feet are well cushioned. They walk so quietly the only thing giving them away is when they break the branches from the trees. Beautiful to watch them eat and communicate with each other.

Elephants are some of the most extraordinary animals on earth.
Thanks, Ross, for this great blog on their feet.
When watching elephants I am always amazed at how silently they can move in the bush, probably thanks to those cushioned feet.

Great blog Ross. Do you know that elephants can also tell the sex and age of humans in places where they are hunted? They are more afraid of young men. And, as far as nature is concerned, the greatest danger are bees… they are scared by their buzz. The power of insects!

Ross, Thanks for the education on the Elephants! We never knew that had toes and toenails! They are truly majestic animals!

Super interesting post Ross! One question: do the hoof-like toe nails provide a protective function for the toes/feet as well?

Great piece. Elephants are amazing and no one who has spent any time with them would doubt their intelligence, emotions…and, may I say, spiritual sense.

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