Our morning drive began with the discovery of a small herd of zebras, and as we were about to leave, up popped a beautiful, young, leggy, female giraffe! One of the animals I most wanted to see! She was not perturbed by us at all and crossed the trail and started chomping on some of the foliage. We watched her for quite a while and then a herd of elephants moved into the area.
We continued on our drive and came across a larger herd of elephants with some youngsters. The matriarch wasn’t too happy at having us around and gave us several warning bellows and ear flappings! When we didn’t leave quickly enough for her, she decided to pursue the issue and charged us! as we reversed down the trail. It was a little unnerving to say the least, even though we have the utmost faith and respect for Sam’s knowledge. The herd was moving off to the side and we wanted to continue on our way, but another elephant decided to show us just what she would do with us and turned her back to us and kicked her legs and made stamping motions! it was terrific!
Elephant herds are quite interesting in that the herd is led by the oldest and largest female cow, and she is most likely closely related to the previous matriarch. The rest of the herd is made up of the matriarch’s other daughters and their calves.