Elephant Dust Bath
We are on a pontoon boat on the Chobe River in northern Botswana. This elephant (family elephantidea, order prosboscidea) had just crossed the river from the mainland with her herd and was having a nice dust bath. The dirt she's throwing on her skin acts as a sunscreen. During the dry season, elephants and other animals swim to the island where they will stay until the rain season begins. This process is called rotational grazing. The elephants exist peacefully with water buffalo, hippos, and a huge number and species of birds on this island. They are free from predators, except maybe a crocodile or two in the crossing for the young. Predators like lions don't swim the river and humans are immediately evident so the worst enemy isn't on the island.
Male African elephants are the largest terrestrial animals and can reach a height of 13 feet and weigh 15,000 pounds. All elephants have distinctive features. The most memorable of these features is long trunk which is used for many purposes, such as breathing, lifting water and grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which can serve as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. Elephants' large ear flaps help to control their body temperature.
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