During the summer I visited Zimanga Game Reserve in South Africa. On one afternoon we stopped for about an hour to watch a group of young elephants playing in the lake. This pair of young bulls were obviously enjoying their time in the water. The photograph was taken with a Canon 7D II, using a 300mm F2.8 lens at F4.5 with an ISO 160
Extract from Wikipedia African elephants are elephants of the genus Loxodonta,from Greek λοξός (loxós ‘slanting, crosswise, oblique sided’) + ὀδούς (odoús, stem odónt-, ‘tooth’). The genus consists of two extant species: the African bush elephant, L. africana, and the smaller African forest elephant, L. cyclotis. Loxodonta is one of two existing genera of the family Elephantidae. Fossil remains of Loxodonta have been found only in Africa, in strata as old as the middle Pliocene. However, sequence analysis of DNA extracted from fossils of an extinct elephant species undermines the validity of the genus.. One species of African elephant, the bush elephant, is the largest living terrestrial animal, while the forest elephant is the third-largest. Their thickset bodies rest on stocky legs, and they have concave backs.Their large ears enable heat loss.The upper lip and nose form a trunk. The trunk acts as a fifth limb, a sound amplifier, and an important method of touch. African elephants’ trunks end in two opposing lips, whereas the Asian elephant trunk ends in a single lip. In L. africana, males stand 3.2–4.0 m (10–13 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh 4,700–6,048 kg (10,360–13,330 lb), while females stand 2.2–2.6 m (7–9 ft) tall and weigh 2,160–3,232 kg (4,762–7,125 lb); L. cyclotis is smaller with male shoulder heights of up to 2.5 m (8 ft). The largest recorded individual stood 4 m (13.1 ft) at the shoulders and weighed 10 tonnes (10 long tons; 11 short tons).
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