The Stunning Photos Show A Majestic Elephant Standing Up To Eat
Taken by photographer Bobby-Jo Vial, 36, the images show a bull African elephant stretching out its trunk as it grabs a few leaves to eat. The stunning photos were taken at the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe in September.
Bobby-Jo said the images were some of the most spectacular she has captured in her career as a photographer.
“It’s a great demonstration of pure power, balance, and agility. This allowed him to easily pull down the best branches. This feeding behavior is quite unique to the African Bull Elephants. Mana Pools is one of the few places where people can observe this. Many years ago I saw some images coming out of Mana Pool of bulls standing on their hind legs browsing the trees. These bulls were given nicknames like Fred Astaire and Boswell.” she said
“It was amazing to see a younger less known guy doing this. I’m sure it’s a learned behavior from observing other bulls. The behavior occurs when food is scarce. At this time of year, food is limited in arid areas like Mana Pools, so elephants have to be creative when trying to forage.”
What Does an Elephant Eat?
Elephants are the ultimate vegetarians. They are herbivores that live on an incredibly varied diet that changes with the seasons. Whether they are living in the savannah or the jungle, these majestic creatures are always on the lookout for their next meal.
What do elephants eat in the savannah?
The famous African elephants spend their days mainly eating the following foods: Grass, especially the thick elephant grass that’s almost two meters high. Flowers and wild fruits, such as figs and mangoes. Tree leaves, like their giraffe counterparts . Tree bark, which is full of calcium and nutrients. Bamboo, where they can find it.
What do elephants eat in the jungle?
The lesser-known and generally smaller African forest elephant lives in the jungles of central Africa. Like their savannah-dwelling cousins, these giants can eat almost any vegetation. Many animals are browsers or grazers. Elephants are both, taking food from the ground and the trees. In the jungle, an elephant eats more fruit. Rᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜ has found these elephants eating up to 72 different types of fruit. It’s easy to see where elephants have been because these giants have use for almost every part of a plant.