Summertide Diary: Elephant Antics

It probably goes without saying that the African Elephants are the star attractions at Addo Elephant National Park, and the grey behemoths certainly are not shy to show themselves. These charismatic creatures are a joy to behold as they go about their daily routines, and their social interactions are always fascinating to watch.

Young elephants especially are full of energy and just love roughhousing with a playmate whenever the opportunity presents itself.

And if there’s no other elephant youngsters around to play with, warthogs and zebras will do just as well – if only they’d stand still!

When watching elephants in the water there’s just no denying that they are having loads of fun at the pool!

Mid-morning at Addo’s Hapoor Dam we were watching a herd around the waterhole, and noticed two baby elephants playing together. One little tyke sauntered off to its mother for a drink of milk, while one remained standing in the original spot. And when he realised he was all alone, and feeling hungry, there’s only one thing a baby elephant knows to do to get mom’s attention: THROW A TANTRUM! He squealed and trumpeted, stomped his feet and even stood on his hind legs for a split second, until mom came running looking more than a little embarrassed at her boy’s behaviour! What parent doesn’t know that feeling?

At the hide in the camp we peaked through a hole in the fence to get this picture of a touching moment between mother and calf. Elephant heaven.


30 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Elephant Antics

  1. photobyjohnbo

    What a neat collection of images! As ungainly as elephants appear at first glance, their grace belies that ungainly first impression. I am sure that it is fascinating to watch them go about their daily life tasks.

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  2. Anne

    The ‘trouble’ with the elephants at Addo is that watching them becomes so absorbing – and one cannot help taking so many photographs of them – that one has to remind oneself that there are other animals and birds to see. This is especially so on our day visits!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      That’s very true, Anne. Not once did I manage to complete the route I had in mind when we left camp in the morning because invariably we spent more time than expected at sightings like these. Definitely not reason for complaint!

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  3. H.J. for avian101

    This post, I found it to be the sweetest and more endearing. You show clearly that elephants have a noble soul. Thank you, D. Good work D. and by your assistant Joubert. 🙂

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Africa really would be empty without its elephants. They have such “presence”. I’m glad but not surprized to know they left such a lasting impression on you and your family, Anne.



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