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Baobab tree and giraffe

Giraffe feeding

Male ostrich and giraffe

Baobab tree with a hole through its trunk

Elephant eating the wood and bark of a baobab tree

Elephant covered in mud

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Elephant covered in mud

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Notes:
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania - An elephant leaves a pond after wallowing in the mud. Wallowing is an important behaviour in elephant society. Not only is it important for socialization, but the mud acts as a sunscreen, protecting their skin from harsh ultraviolet radiation. Though tough, an elephant's skin is very sensitive. Without regular mud baths to protect it from burning, as well as from insect bites and moisture loss, an elephant's skin would suffer serious damage. After bathing, the elephant will usually use its trunk to blow dirt on its body to help dry and bake on its new protective coat. Wallowing also aids the skin in regulating body temperatures. Elephants have difficulty in releasing heat through the skin because, in proportion to their body size, they have very little of it. The ratio of an elephant's mass to the surface area of its skin is many times that of a human. Elephants have even been observed lifting up their legs to expose the soles of their feet, presumably in an effort to expose more skin to the air. Since wild elephants live in very hot climates, they must have other means of getting rid of excess heat.
City/Location:
Tarangire National Park
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Subregion:
N/A
Country:
Tanzania
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Aperture:
9.0
Shutter Speed:
1/800s
ISO Setting:
500
Focal Length:
560.0mm
Image ID:
Tanzania_2727-Mud_Elephant
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