Save the Elephants!

Even though I’m a total bug nerd, I had the opportunity to be part of something that felt big and important when I was in Kenya (believe me, I think bee conservation is big and important too, but it’s not the pressing issue in Kenya). Classic conservation programs surround charismatic megafauna like elephants and pandas, […]

Elephant farts

Here’s a thing I didn’t know about elephants (but I guess I should have known): elephants fart! And man is it funny when they do. (this is an Asian elephant, but it sounds just like this…though they replay it a bunch of times (couldn’t find a better video and didn’t want to spend tooooo much […]

Chasing elephants in Tsavo

Well, not actually chasing per se. I worked with a grad student in Kenya who was studying the foraging choices of elephants. What kinds of plants do they like and what nutrition do those plants have? Her project involved driving transects through Tsavo National Park and then trying to watch elephants eat for an hour […]

Playful juvenile elephant

One of the things I learned about elephants is that they are incredibly playful and intelligent animals. They could see us watching them at the watering hole and occasionally they would try to interact with us. I especially liked this little juvenile elephant that danced around on the far side of the watering hole. He […]

Baby elephants at the watering hole

It’s pretty hard to compete with baby elephants on the cuteness scale (okay, there’s honestly a lot of cute out there, but baby elephants have their fair share). A big family group coming into the watering hole Baby hiding in back Baby!! Baby butt Baby swimming (the adults won’t let her in much deeper than […]

My first wild elephants

I have to specify “wild” because I worked at a zoo for a while, so I was very familiar with elephants (and especially their poop, that was my job). I’m just going to share a bunch of photos today.  You better believe I took hundreds, so I’ve worked hard to narrow these down to some […]