The final game drive of my safari, in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.
One of three recognized special of Asian elephants, the Sri Lankan elephant is much smaller than the African elephant. A patchy, almost spotted pink depigmentation is found on its ears, face, and trunk, though the mango tango mud hides the pink in this photo. See the shot below for a better view of the depigmentation. A very low percentage of Sri Lankan elephants, about 2% of the population, have tusks. In addition to Udawalawe National Park, where this photo was taken, Sri Lankan elephants can be found in Yala National Park, Lunugamvehera National Park, Wilpattu National Park and Minneriya National Park but also live outside protected areas. We did not see elephants in Yala National Park the day we visited, but they were plentiful in Udawalawe. Sri Lanka is said to have the highest density of elephants in Asia, largely restricted to the dry zone in the north, east and southeast of Sri Lanka.
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My first encounter with an elephant in the wild happened in Damaraland, in Namibia’s northwest. Just before sunset, we drove out to look for a herd of desert adapted elephants moving through the area. We turned a corner and there they were, grazing on the shrubs and trees. I was in awe. To see my first elephant in the wild—no chains, no pens, no fences—was a magical moment. For more information, check out Desert Elephants of Namibia.
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