Elephants still in danger

Elephants eat grass, leaves, roots, fruits and bark. Image: Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock

Elephants remember the exact location of their water supplies.

Etosha National Park is a wildlife sanctuary in Northern Namibia where zebras, lions and other animals roam freely. Etosha, the “˜place of dry water,’ is also home to some 200 elephants. Etosha elephants are regarded as the tallest in Africa. They eat some 230 kilograms of fodder per day and weigh up to 6,000 kilograms.

Due to hunting and poaching, African elephants are an endangered species. Loss of habitat also poses a threat to elephant populations: the number of African elephants went from 1,300,000 in 1979 to 600,000 in 1989; according to Etosha’s website, there are less than 10,000 elephants in Namibia. In this image, an elephant covered in mud drinks water at Etosha National Park.

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