Elephant Feasting on Baobab


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Elephants (Loxodonta Africana) simply love to feast of fallen baobab trees (Adonsonia digitata) and in this instance a herd of bull elephants were dominating the party. Old trees are known to collapse into piles of moist and fiberous wood, which, when freshly felled, provide a food source for elephants. The baobab tree is steeped in mythical superstition and legend. To pick its spirit invaded blossoms will end in consumption by lions, but infusions of the bark will make a man strong, if not invincible. Water in which the seed is soaked, once imbibed, will protect one from crocodile attack. Remember it was God who planted this tree upside down, so they say. Elephants consume about eight percent of their body weight each day, and a felled baobab is a jealously guarded food source for them.
(Canon 7D; f/4.5; 1/180sec; ISO-500; 160mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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2 thoughts on “Elephant Feasting on Baobab

  1. Great photo. Elephants are having a serious impact on Baobabs making them threatened in some areas such as Gonarezhou. See Colin Saunders book – Gonarezhou – A Place for Elephants. I can highly recommend the book to anyone interested in ZImbabwe’s wildlife..

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