I've been asked by a friend more about Okaukuejo Camp at Etosha Park in Namibia, and coincidentally, this photo has been on my work computer desktop.One of our all time favourite photos.So I guess it's no coincidence, as I really like it, so it would be showing somewhere.
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The big bull ele is chatting up his sweatheart .Just like the kids today, making out at the pickup wateringholes in any downtown bar area.
"Okay honey,what you doing in a pickup joint like this?"or "Hey, you wanna just hang out here heh?"
"Oh you are a big boy....",Or as the old Mae West line would go..."Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?"
Naah, I guess the kids today have got better lines than that!Or do they just text each other?
Still, it's a great photo.Taken from the viewing area overlooking the main wateringhole at Okaukuejo.And no, the wildlife can't get to you.There's a big rock wall enclosing the whole camp,and seats just behind that, so you can sit there all day, and night watching an endless procession of animals coming in to tank up.Depending what time of year, and how dry the country is, will see more animals needing to drink at the permanent waterholes such as this.
You really don't have to be told about the size of this bull elephants tusks.Tiny aren't they in contrast to our story book images of huge tusked elephants.Well, truth is ,while there are a few big tuskers around, sadly, the large tuskers have been the most sought out for their tusks, so consequently, it's smaller tusked eles that have survived.And they are mainly the breeding stock today.
For those of you that have even the tiniest bit of concern or interest in Africa's elephants,have a read of this organisation's website.Explore their pages.Read of the valuable work they do in rescuing young baby elephants.Take the time to access the other pages on this site and read about the research that is going on about elephant social structure,how they show deep concern for each other, the dangers they face from poachers.You may grow to respect them as I do.