The Italian elephants
The Big 5 are supposed to be thrilling. But to be completely honest, lions can be a little boring – did you know that a lion can sleep for more than 20 hours a day? You can park for hours at a sleeping pride of lions and the only action you’ll see is the lazy twitch of a tail.
Give me a herd of elephants over a pride of lions any day.
Elephants are always doing something interesting. They know exactly where you are, and they’re often interested in you too.
You learn to read them – a warning flicker of the ears, and you’re too close. It’s usually easy to read their moods and intent.
You learn to read them. A warning flicker of the ears – you’re too close. It’s usually easy to read their moods and intent.
I read a description once about elephants being like an Italian family. They’re emotional.
To be at a meeting of two families is honestly like being in the midst of reunion between long-lost families: liquid pours from the temporal glands; trunks are inserted into mouths; greetings are rumbled; and baby elephants hide shyly between their mothers’ feet.
Even better is to watch elephants play in water: they approach cautiously, but the nearer they get, the faster they move. It’s as if they cannot resist it. And once in, they splash about like children.