Although Samburu is only a little over 100 square miles it has a fairly large concentration of elephants. This year has been a good one for elephants in Kenya. We saw many babies in all of the areas that we visited. Below are just a few of my photographs from this recent trip. African wildlife lends itself to black and white and I decided to process these accordingly. (Click on the images below to enlarge)
The river, Ewaso Ng’iro, is the lifeblood of the Samburu area. It was the dry season during my time there and as you can see the river is very shallow. The river runs along the border between the Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The wildlife, of course, move freely from one area to another utilizing the river for drinking water and to bathe. The elephants create their own mud baths at the river to protect them from insects and from the sun. There are a few places where the bank is a little steep. Younger elephants appreciate a little push from behind to help them get up the bank.
We came across quite a few small herds of elephants, but the images below were from the most captivating. There was a tiny little newborn who was curious about us. Mom wasn’t so pleased at first, but she relaxed and let me get some closeup shots of her baby. Those big ears!
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