Our trip to Tanzania included a few rare sightings, and this one was something even our tour guide was taking photos of.
Like our encounter with the leopard, it’s relatively rare to see elephants playing in the wild.
Even if you’ve seen these animals in zoos – I grew up in San Diego, which has one of the best zoos in the country, and I spent a lot of time there as a kid – it’s nothing like seeing them in their natural habitat, free and unfettered.
Our first stop on safari was at Tarangire National Park. I know I’m extremely sensitive, but seeing these creatures safe from poaching, human development, and all the messes we make, I was pretty much teary the entire time. (I know! It’s ridiculous, but I can’t help it.)
It also had me thinking about ecosystems, and how beautiful they are when they’re undisturbed. (Well, mostly. I suppose Land Rovers aren’t historically part of the natural habitat, but let’s overlook that for the moment.)
All these animals have to be concerned with is eating, sleeping, making little animals, and, oh yeah, avoiding all the murderous lions, leopards, and hyenas. Ha ha!
I’ll talk about the massive animal migration in an upcoming blog post and give you some stats about what these animals have to go through every year. Calling it an ordeal is an understatement. But onto something truly delightful: elephants at play in a pond on a hot day.
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