Baby Elephants Play in the Mud: Happy World Elephant Day
Whilst out in the field looking for lions, our field team came across two young elephant calves making the most of the recent rains in northern Kenya. Here they are happily frolicking in a muddy waterhole with the rest of their family.
World Elephant Day: As human populations have expanded, the habitats of African elephants have been converted for settlements, agriculture and developments. The fragmentation of their habitats makes breeding difficult and allows poachers to more easily find the animals and set traps.
According to WWF, there are between 40,000 and 50,000 Asian elephants left in the world. The three subspecies of Asian elephant – the Indian, Sumatran and Sri Lankan – used to roam across most of Asia, but now they're restricted to just 15% of their original range, largely due to habitat loss.
Female elephants live in a herd of about 10 individuals led by the most experienced matriarch, whereas the males are normally solitary and move from herd to herd. The females in each herd help each other find food and care for calves.