This is a small family group of a larger herd of elephants cooling down at the Rooidam Waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park. You can tell from the mud and splash marks that some of them had enjoyed some time either in or near the water. The elephants had been there for a while when this group gathered to move off. Spot the two calves amidst that forest of legs.

Here is a closer view of one of them.

The one on the left is hungry. For the first two or three years the calves are totally dependent on their mothers for feeding.

While this one waits patiently for a gap between the forest of legs.

28 thoughts on “SPOT THE CALVES

    • I spent yesterday in the Addo Elephant National Park, which seems even drier than it looked on our previous visit. Elephants dominated the waterholes, making it difficult for a herd of zebras at Ngulube Waterhole to get a drink: they simply stood around waiting patiently whilst the elephants gathered in and next to the water.

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      • Lovely and amazing as elephants are, at Addo they are so dominant they make it very hard for other animals, and it must be even more the case during the drought.
        Are most of the waterholes provisioned with water (I assume pumped from boreholes) during the drought? I heard there was an attempt to have some waterholes available to other animals with measures in place to keep the elephants away, but that must be difficult to achieve during the drought?


      • There is no natural water in Addo, it is all supplied from boreholes. A few waterholes have been surrounded by special electrical wires that prevent elephants from entering. It is natural enough though for other animals, such as the zebra to seek water that is closest to them.

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      • Sure, those ‘protected’ waterholes are only a partial resolution to a complex problem. Glad to hear that they are still pumping water and the boreholes are still able to supply. (I read this week that some boreholes in the Graaff-Reinet region are running dry, which is such an awful scenario.)
        On a tangent, friends of ours went to stay at Spekboom some time back and discovered that the pump was out of order (had been so for some time) and so the waterhole next to the camp was dry – but being visited still by disappointed animals passing by.


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