Elephants, or an excuse for lots of elephant photos

One of the big attractions in Kanchanaburi is Elephants World, a sanctuary for elephants that have been rescued from work in logging camps or on the streets, where they are frequently employed in begging schemes. The sanctuary offers two programs, a one day visit in which you feed and bathe an elephant in a large group, and two day visit with an overnight stay, in which your small group of overnighters gets extra, up-close time with the elephants. Naturally, we chose the two day visit. First, let’s start with elephant feeding pictures. It’s not simply that the elephants look very…

elephants, flamingos, giraffes, hyenas and jackals

from cats and dung beetles we quickly move on through the next few letters of the alphabet … first, a breeding herd of elephants, and they’re breeding. no, that’s not the baby elephant’s trunk in the last photo.   then onto flamingos. barely pink flamingoes, but flamingos nonetheless.   the giraffes are very graceful, in an awkward way.         jackals are part of the canine family, while hyenas aren’t, and if there were any “i” animals, i didn’t spot them. check out the teeth! and that’s enough of the safari for now. next: something that isn’t the safari.

ngorongoro crater – part 2

as i mentioned in the last post, the big five safari animals are the cape buffalo, the lion, the black rhinoceros, the elephant, and the leopard.  we saw plenty of elephants. two shots of the same elephant. generally, we saw the elephants in singles or pairs, but at one point we came across an entire breeding herd. the light was fairly harsh, so the shot isn’t quite what i’d have liked, but you have to take these things as you find them. if there were leopards in the ngorongoro crater, we didn’t see any.  however, the real draw – in…