“The African elephant is an amazing animal whose unique traits are difficult to number. The most obvious – their prehensile trunk – has dozens of uses and takes some years to master with dexterity. With over 60 times more muscles than the entire human body, an elephant’s trunk can tear the bark from trees, drink, give a dust bath, or pick a single speck of dirt from the eye. It is not only a practical tool but also has important social functions. Many of the same tasks we use our hands for being performed by the elephant’s trunk, such as signalling aggression, caressing a baby, and greeting other individuals.
The group of elephants behind this photo joined us at a waterhole, dozens of them streaming in from the bush to drink. This young male took it upon himself to show us that we were not welcome, but didn’t have much success at it. Straying from the herd, he inched closer and closer, taking breaks from drinking to shake his head and flare his ears. Ultimately (like most teenage boys) he was only hot air and retreated back to the safety of the herd when his target didn’t run!”
Sabrina Salome is an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for things with big teeth. She is dedicated to the field of conservation and in her spare time incorporates her love of wildlife into her creative expression, using writing, illustration, and photography to share with the world how she sees them. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University. You can find more of her work on Instagram @sabrina_salomee and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for photo or order inquiries.