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Elephants (Loxodonta africana) at waterhole, Etoscha National Park, Namibia

African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. It is hardly a secret that Etosha’s best game viewing is at the many waterholes scattered throughout the park. Especially during the dry winters most species rely on these permanent water sources. The larger waterholes see large treks of zebra and springbok mingle with Oryx and bathing elephants. Etosha National Park is home to four of the Big 5. Elephants and lions are common in the park, while the elusive leopard hides in the densely vegetated areas.

Year: 2015

From album: African Biodiversity

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: cats fauna Kenya Krüger National Park Thompsons gazelles wildlife zebra

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