Loxodonta Africana. African Elephant Family Coming to Drink at Waterhole.
Photo and caption by Robert Hughes
The African elephant is intelligent, social and very often entertaining to watch. Female elephants live in close-knit social clans in which the eldest female play matriarch over her sisters, daughters, and granddaughters. Their life spans are comparable to humans. October is the height of the dry season here at the Hwange National Park in the North-West corner of Zimbabwe. The drought of 2012 was a real misery for all those needing water, and it was particularly tough on the elephants as can be seen here with their almost skeletal appearance.
Location: Kennedy1 Waterhole, 90mi sw of Hwange, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, SA.