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Incredible Rites Of Passage

The Elephants of the Okavango Delta know where the best grazing is - unfortunately the Okavango river is in the way - and there are babies in the herd.  When the baby elephants are old enough  - the matriarchs and other family members carefully lead the youngsters across the river, in most cases this submerges the baby elephants completely, bar their trunks!  And so the older generations teach each newer fold how and where to cross the Okavango for the sweetest grass. The procession is then reversed of an evening, as the elephants prefer the security of tree cover on the ‘home’ river bank.  We watched as other family groups came to the exact same crossing point (also with young ones) to go through the same ritual.

Okavango Delta, Botswana Africa.  September 2012

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