Happy #WorldElephantDay 🐘 I know, I know, this is a wooly mammoth (shot at Bedrock City Amusement Park in Arizona in 2015), but I'm sharing him anyway 'cause last week I read that scientists at Harvard are only 2 years away from creating a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo - a real life Snuffleupagus! 😍
Yesterday was #worldelephantday and so I decided to sponsor a orphan Ellie... You should try it, it's rad!! So everyone meet Madiba, he was rescued in Botswana and moved up to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya! Thanks to their hard work they have managed to save over 150 orphaned Elephants usually as a result of poaching! Thanks to @captain_potter for the idea and to @dswt for their amazing work.
This is the only place we should see an elephant's tusk, other than on it! Today, we came across this tusk lying in the grass next to the channel bank while moving through the Mombo area of the Okavango Delta, and thinking how perfect it looks here, weathering away and reintegrating with the land that built it, rather than carved into a unnatural form and gathering dust as a forgotten artifact. Let's think about the true value of these incredible beings to us all! Photo/text by @christurtleboyes on Expedition #okavango17 #intotheokavango #natgeo #worldelephantday #elephant
Our beloved Habiba! As part of our build up to World Elephant Day we are honouring some of our favourite elephants which of course includes one very sweet and resilient elephant, Habiba. In Arabic, Habiba means darling or beloved which is apt considering she is one of the most popular elephants in Samburu National Reserve. Habiba has survived all odds including the devastating loss of her mother and aunts to become a matriarch and a mother herself. In fact when all the older Swahili females were killed during the poaching crisis, Habiba took the remaining orphans into her care at the tender age of 12, long before she had a calf of her own. Just another shining example of how compassionate elephants can be to one another…. #worldelephantday 📷 STE #Savetheelephants #worthmorealive #Habiba #Elephants #Swahilis #amazinganimals#monkeys#elephantselfie#instaelephant
Meet our very own Houdini! As part of our celebration of individual elephants this week, we want to introduce you to Matt. Matt is one of the oldest bulls in the reserve and is both extremely elusive and very clever. Clever enough to have taken off his collar more than three times! We have a number of theories as to how he’s removing it but what Matt doesn’t realise is that every time he drops his collar, the STE monitoring team get an immobility alert and we or Jeremy from @elephants.beautifull scramble to make sure he’s okay. Elephants are super intelligent and pick up things very easily so we are now exploring new collaring techniques to ensure they are Matt-proof! #worldelephantday #savetheelephants #worthmorealive #elephants #photooftheday 📷 Edelmond Williams #loveelephants#wildlifevet#amazinganimals#instaelephant#elephantlovers
Anwar the car-loving pachyderm! This week we have been honouring some of our most beloved and notorious elephants as part of our World Elephant Day celebrations. And today we are celebrating the unusual antics of Anwar the bull elephant who has developed an unrequited and rather odd affection for STE and Elephant Watch cars. He will walk over to them, start sniffing around with his enormous trunk and then rest his head on the roof. We don’t mind, we love him as much as he loves our cars! #worldelephantday #elephantselfie#monkeys#instaelephant#noriding#loveelephants#wildlifevet#elephantlovers#amazinganimals
Samburu’s highest climber! A few years ago, Monsoon, the leader of one half of the Clouds family, proved scientists wrong by leading her family up one of the biggest hills in Samburu National Reserve called Koitogor. Before this amazing feat, scientists didn't believe elephants could climb hills of such gradients because of the sheer physical energy that must be expelled in order to do so. At 56, Monsoon is one of the oldest elephants in the reserve and is still going strong. We salute her courageous hill trek and hope you’ll celebrate her amazing spirit of adventure with us this World Elephant Day tomorrow! #worldelephantday #amazinganimals#wildlifevet#elephantlovers#elephantselfie#loveelephants#noriding#instaelephant#monkeys