Seeing elephants was certainly a highlight of my trip to Botswana!
To see not just one or two but whole groups of them, up close and often, was astonishing.
Thanks to my friends at Fluke I was able to take a thermal imaging camera on the trip. Elephants, in particular, have extremely complex adaptations with their environment. Though I’m tempted to interpret this image, I resist given those complexities and my lack of expertise about them.
Watching—and hearing and smelling!—the animals dusting themselves or taking mud baths was literally the thrill of a lifetime. The dust and mud coats are part of cooling strategies as well as protection from both sun and insects.
Clearly elephants are in trouble everywhere, even in Botswana where they are better off than in most places in Africa. Poaching is an immense problem as are conflicts with the needs of humans. How senseless and pathetic we humans can be when compared with such magnificent creatures.