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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-10-06 9:07
Viewed: 3716
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I captured this one at 06:30 in the southern part of Kruger National Park.

Digital darkroom workflow: Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop.
No crop!


African Elephants are herbivorous. Their diet varies according to their habitat; elephants living in forests, partial deserts, and grasslands all eat different proportions of herbs and tree or shrubbery leaves. Elephants inhabiting the shores of Lake Kariba have been recorded eating underwater plant life. In order to break down the plants they consume, the African Bush Elephant has four large molars, two in each mandible of the jaw. Each of these molars is 10 cm wide and 30 cm long. Over time, these molars are worn away and new ones are grown to replace them as the elephant ages. Around the age of 15 their milk teeth are replaced by new ones that last until the age of 30, and then by another set which wear off past the age of 40, being replaced by the last set of teeth that last approximately until the age of 6570. Not much later, the animal dies of starvation from not being able to feed correctly. There are known cases of over 80 year old specimens in captivity.
These animals typically ingest an average of 225 kg of vegetal matter daily, which is defecated without being fully digested. That, combined with the long distances that they can cover daily in search of more food, contributes notably to the dispersion of many plant seeds that germinate in the middle of a nutrient-filled feces mound. Elephants rip apart all kind of plants, and knock down trees with the tusks if they are not able to reach the tree leaves. In some national parks there is overpopulation, so that managers of overpopulated parks often contact other parks with fewer specimens to transfer excess individuals.
Elephants also drink great quantities of water, over 190 liters per day.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-10-06 9:22]

Eating elephant - it's so nice!
Wonderful picture Annick, glad to see yours new work

Hi Annick,
Nice shot, picture tells the story much better than the notes :)Just imagine how expensive it is to maintain a domesticated elephant.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-06 11:03]

Hi Annick. . This must have been close as you in your notes you have done no croping. This is my favourite animal. It think its the size andpower they have yet so gentle with their young. Good close up with fine detail and natural colours in the tough skin. well done TFS.

Hi Annick,

Well captured where he is using his trunk to feed. Good detail on the trunk showing its versatility. Note the liquid from the gland behind the eye. When a bull is in musk the liquid virtually pours out and they can become fairly aggressive with other bulls, and with tourists cars!!!


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-06 23:34]

Ha Annick,

Bedankt voor de reactie (s),ja wederom naar kruger,samen met moeders,dus we hebben er zin ,hoop weer vele plaatjes te mogen maken en dat het weer een beetje mag meewerken,maar een aantal natte dagen is niet zo erg,waren eigenlijk een beetje laat met boeken,maar gelukkig toch nog accomodatie kunnen regelen,groetjes


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-08 1:56]

So, you weren't up in the tree, were you? You were definitely above her Annick. Good shot showing us the elephant eating like this - they certainly can damage the trees.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-11 18:22]

Hello Annick,
I would love to see elephants in the wide it must be amazing, as this beautiful capture of this fellow feeding is. Splendid camera work, especially the composition.

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