African elephants and calf

African elephants and calf

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Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: African elephants and calf covering themselves in mud, in order to ward off parasites and keep cool. African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are herbivores and are the largest and heaviest land animals alive today. Adult females and their young live in large social groups while males lead largely solitary lives. Photographed in the Vumbura area of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

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