Elephant in the Pan

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A young bull elephant (Loxodonta africana) swaggers his pace in a water pan in the afternoon sun, like so many elephants do, and like so many of you have captured on camera. Sadly elephant populations continue to contest with human encroachment and poaching for their ivory tusks. Zimbabwe has a proud record of conservation, but this was recently smeared by the horrific tale of elephant poaching on a massive scale using cyanide poison in pans much like this. Large herds were destroyed to yield ivory from just a few. It is senseless, indiscriminate slaughter which should be nipped in the bud.
(Canon 50D; f/5; 1/200sec; ISO-100; 140mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
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