Of Cats and Dogs and Elephants!

It is ‘raining 🌧️ cats πŸˆβ€β¬› and dogs πŸ•’ right now but the Elephants 🐘 are enjoying themselves at the Thanda House dam! Filmed from my office door 😊

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Elephants, Elephants, …

Three videos I took today at Thanda Safari! Enjoy them and have a good week!

… the small pleasures of life Technical data: Canon R6 with EF lens 70-300mm L 4K Video 50Fps
What an Elephantine morning! The Thanda Herd of 26 animals was crossing the savanna. This was one of my favorite Elephant sightings, ever … Technical data: Canon R6 with EF lens 70-300mm L 4K Video 50Fps
I promise it is the last video for today, but I thought you might also like this short clip with the matriarch up front, ‘gogo’ (Grandmother in isiZulu) – our oldest cow – in the back, and many of them raising their trunk catching the scent of a Cheetah in the grass, nearby. I wish all of you a good week!

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On the move …

It does not happen often, that I post twice a day. But I really like this short video of this morning’s sighting of the Mduna Elephant herd at Thanda Safari. So I thought I share it right away 😊

Music: March of the Elephants by Root.

Technical data: Canon R6 with EF lens 500mm L 4K Video 50Fps

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2023 getting close …

Excited about 2023 getting close ?!😊

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Incredible creatures!

The unique combination of huge ears for cooling, a long multi-purposes-nose and tough ivory-tusks make Elephants incredible versatile to deal with their environment. This is one of my favorite Elephant images showing off these three feature!

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Sometimes no words are needed …

Sometimes no words are needed 😊 my picture of the day!

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Elephant @ Sunset

Yesterday evening we had a beautiful Elephant sighting at sunset. This young bull was posing close to the vehicle for a iPhone picture! The herd was all around grazing and browsing peacefully.

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Muscles!

An Elephant’s trunk contains approx 40,000 muscles. The whole human body has 639. It is any incredible flexible tool, used like a syringe to transfer water into the mouth, used to tear off grass with its prehensile lips, used to break off branches from trees, used to throw dust and mud on the Elephant’s body, …

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Warning!

This little Thanda Safari Elephant girl executed a perfect warning attack towards our vehicle and was quite upset when we did not react with the expected respectful retreat. Her mum just watched in – what looked like – parental amusement 😊

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A Thanda Safari waterhole drama in four acts!

Act 1

A herd of Cape Buffalo arrives at a waterhole and the mud-bathing Elephants get so alarmed that they run from the water protecting their young.

Act 2

The Elephants realize that the new arrivals are no real threat but are rather small ‘cow-like’ things. So some of them return to the water and chase the Buffalo around.

Act 3

While the Elephants and Buffalo run around a group of Nyala, a family of Warthogs and many different birds arrive to get their share of the water.

Act 4

Only two Elephant bulls remain to suck the pipe which supplies fresh water to the waterhole. Everything has calmed down and all the different species share the place!

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