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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mama and baby elephants made in the shade

This mother and baby elephant are residents at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. On an afternoon game drive, we found them huddling under the shade of this tree to escape the heat and enjoy a little snacking. Mother elephants often place this trunks on their young as a sign of affection and to provide reassurance.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 12.2015
Photo Location: South Africa
Camera: TG-830
Copyright: © Margaret Huang