Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is one of the largest parks in Africa. With a total area of 5,657 square miles, it offers anyone with an interest in wildlife the chance to explore the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo) as well as unusual animals such as white-tailed mongooses and bats. ear fox.
The video highlights one of the five elephants: a herd of elephants gathered around a watering hole. At first glance, the scene is peaceful – you can see the adult elephant and calf walking around, splitting into two distinct groups – one on the right side of the waterhole and one enjoying the shallow water.
As those behind the cameras zoomed in to capture these magnificent moments, their roars and horns could be heard, not many people got to witness.
You might miss them at first because they blend so well with the color of the Kalahari sand, but there are two alligators hanging out a few feet above the water in the center of the screen. Two groups of large statues are on either side of them.
Panning to the left, you can see a third herd of elephants, also enjoying the water. The roar continued, louder this time. It’s an alarming sound, but elephants use these loud sounds to communicate with each other — often, they’re expressing distress, aggression or excitement.
You can hear the guy behind the camera saying, “Oh my god,” apparently he spotted the alligator. Four large elephants circle the waterhole on the right—three elephants and a small elephant. Suddenly, from the left side of the screen, a baby elephant can be seen breaking loose and running straight towards the crocodile.
The man worried about the little elephant and exclaimed: “Oh, little elephant! It’s not good!”
The baby elephant continued to charge forward, either with nerves of steel or completely unaware that there were two alligators waiting ahead. The baby elephant stopped suddenly, and four large elephants rushed from the right, making sure to eliminate the threat of the two crocodiles.
Not wanting to cause any trouble, the crocodiles scrambled into the water, splashed and fled, disappearing into the puddle. The adult elephants surround the calf to keep it close, then move away together.
The rest of the video captures many small groups of large elephants playing in the water or walking around the water’s edge.
Elephants are known for their memory, but they come with nothing to fear! Check out more great elephant videos below:
- Watch Elephants maim and throw a full-sized buffalo like it’s nothing
- Watch elephants fight crocodiles to the death
- Elephant inadvertently kicks giant buffalo in the head
- Huge, angry African elephant chases tourists in horrific footage
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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