17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Traveling through Africa, it is quite common to enjoy a drink while watching the iconic African sunsets. This sundowner was enjoyed in the company of a male African elephant (Loxodonta Africana), who was standing knee deep in the river enjoying the nutritious grass before the dry season. In order to take the dirt out of the roots, elephants tend to slash their food around (preferably in the water) to protect their teeth. This will expand their lifespan as their food intake is dependent on healthy molars.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Botswana
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Janine Krayer