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|I have posted this family group as we have been blessed with another grandson, weighing in at 4,2 kg and 56 cm length. Tiny compared to the 100 to 120 kg of an elephant calf.|
The usual group of elephants comprise mainly of older females, young males and females and then the juveniles and babies. As soon as male juveniles pass puberty and start misbehaving they are chased away. The Adult males are usually solitary roamers or might team up with one or two other males and only visit the actual herd for procreation or at a rare family get-together.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The elephant (family: Elephantidae) is a large land mammal in the order Proboscidea. There are three living species: the African Bush Elephant, the African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant (also known as the Indian Elephant). Other species have become extinct since the last ice age, the Mammoths being the best-known of these. They were once classified along with other thick skinned animals in a now invalid order, Pachydermata.
Elephants are the largest land animals. The elephant's gestation period is 22 months, the longest of any land animal. At birth it is common for an elephant calf to weigh 120 kilograms (260 lb). An elephant may live as long as 70 years, sometimes longer. The largest elephant ever recorded was shot in Angola in 1956. This male weighed about 12,000 kilograms (26,000 lb), with a shoulder height of 4.2 metres (14 ft), a metre (yard) taller than the average male African elephant. The smallest elephants, about the size of a calf or a large pig, were a prehistoric species that lived on the island of Crete during the Pleistocene epoch.
The elephant has appeared in cultures across the world. They are a symbol of wisdom in Asian cultures and are famed for their memory and intelligence, where they are thought to be on par with cetaceans] and hominids Aristotle once said the elephant was "the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind. The word "elephant" has its origins in the Greek ἐλέφας, meaning "ivory" or "elephant".
Healthy adult elephants have no natural predators, although lions may take calves or weak individuals. They are, however, increasingly threatened by human intrusion and poaching. Once numbering in the millions, the African elephant population has dwindled to between 470,000 and 690,000 individuals. The elephant is now a protected species worldwide, with restrictions in place on capture, domestic use, and trade in products such as ivory
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- [2009-02-17 5:39]
Nice capture with natural colors and good details.
- [2009-02-17 6:18]
Congratulations on your grandson! Some difference in weight and also in the way they cope once born! THis is a beautiful family of Elephants all nicely in focus. Excellent details and colours and well composed.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla
Hello Robin! Wonderful scene, nice light and bright, very nice natural colours. Funny scene, very funny picture. Well done!
- [2009-02-17 13:05]
Hi Robin. Congratulation on your Grandson. As ulla said so different from the young elephant in so many ways. They have to be one of my favorite animals. One day i would like to see them in the wild just like this. Great picture with natural looking colours. Well done TFs. Interesting notes too.
beautiful photography of this Elephant family,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, i love this
kind of baby/young animals/birds photographys
with their parents, and i also love Elephants as wild animals,