The animals shown below were all photographed in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Cape buffalo

Their large drooping fringed ears hang down below the horns. They sometimes look torn, ragged, or scarred from fighting.


The size of the ears of elephants helps to cool them down. They can act as a fan to move air over the body and also cool the blood as it circulates through the veins in the ears. Through careful observation one can learn to identify individual elephants by the nicks, notches, holes and missing bits caused by their travels through the bush.


Kudu have an acute sense of hearing, thanks to their large round ears that alert them to danger.

Red hartebeest

White hair covers the inside of the long pointed ears of red hartebeest.


The ears of the warthogs are prominently placed above their heads. They are leaf-shaped, with erect, slightly rounded tips.


Zebras have large, rounded ears with lots of hair that helps to keep the dust out of them. It is interesting to note that the position of their ears can signal whether or not they are feeling calm or are alert to imminent danger in their vicinity.


28 thoughts on “A FOCUS ON ANIMAL EARS

  1. Wonderful photographs. I am reminded of our trip to Tanzania in 2018, visiting the NgoroNgoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. We were fortunate to witness these and a plethora of other animals and birds.


    • How good it is to be reminded of such a wonderful place πŸ™‚ We are fortunate to be able to see these animals less than two hours away from where we live.


    • Ha! Ha! Mine do too, Julie πŸ™‚ I was teased unmercifully about them when I was young. You are right about horses and zebras though – it is an interesting observation.


  2. I love looking at ears and eyes of animals or people. I thought I would never get used to the stiff ears of our current dog. My past dogs had soft ears. I was happily surprised at your focus on ears.


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