Who does not know the elephant? It's probably the first animal children learn to recognize and is, as every schoolchild knows, the largest land
animal. Besides its size, the elephant's trunk is unique in the animal kingdom.
This female elephant shelters her young, as a precaution when the tour bus drives up at Amboseli National Park.
The Shire River, which runs through Liwonde National Park, is ideal habitat for elephants who patrol the banks, foraging among the fifteen-foot high grass. When David Livingstone visited here in the mid-1800s he counted 800 elephants along one mile of the river.
Elephants at Liwonde National Park, near Blantyre, Malawi, are defensive and charge with little provocation. Local guides are accustomed to this behavior and know when to pull back. They hope that the elephants' aggression will diminish once the animals become more used to visitors.