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African Elephant

Loxodonta africana


The waterhole here was covered in a carpet of weeds but something could be seen moving under the water, crossing from one side to the other. We thought they were hippos until they emerged the other side when we realised it was a family party of Elephants. Two of the youngsters decided to stay awhile and play in the water.


Marula / Knob-thorn Open Tree Savanna at Orpen Dam


This is my spotting number 7,000.

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Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

nice one malcolm! 7,000 spottings, wow. thanks for all the great work you do here in being a ranger, and spotting some great creatures :D

Thank you all for your comments.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Beautiful choice for 7000 Malcolm!

Radha 7 years ago

Congratulations Malcolm! 7000 is like, whoa! :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Congratulations !! Fantastic !!

Incredible achievement and dedication, Malcolm!

staccyh 7 years ago

Congrats on the spotting of the day! Also..7000th spotting is amazing!!!

MartinL 7 years ago

Congratulations Malcolm!
What a fascinating observation.

Hema 7 years ago

beautiful! Congrats!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Superb photo & accomplishment, Malcolm!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Fantastic work Malcolm. Congratulations on this milestone. Excellent 7000th.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

Woohoo! 7000? That's amazing.... Congrats!

KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! Aside from looking great fun, mud baths help to provide protection against the heat and UV radiation of the harsh African sun that can prove deadly to elephants. Since their hair is very sparse, elephants, especially young calves, are susceptible to sunburn. Romping around in mud not only cools them down, it also creates a sunscreen to shield their hide from the sun’s rays.

This is the 7000th spotting that Malcolm has shared with us – congratulations on such an incredible achievement Malcolm!

Wow Malcolm,i'am your follower since i saw your page the first time,great achivement my friend,great work,congrats on the 7000th one,is a beautiful spotting ,beautiful to see African Elephant's in the wild.congrats and thanks for sharing such an amazing spotting page

Aaron_G 7 years ago

I thought this was a joke at first. I remember you being closer to 4,000 which is incredible in its own right. 7,000??? Wow. And there is no fluff in your collection. Great stuff all around. Congratulations! (and thanks for sharing your part of the world with us!)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

7,000 spottings????? Wow, you are the man, Malcolm. Congratulations, and thank you so much for sharing all those beauties with us! Way to go, my friend! :-)

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Feb 28, 2008
Submitted on Sep 9, 2013

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