Desert elephants (Ugab River) (Loxodonta africana)

These desert-adapted elephants range up and down the mostly-dry river bed checking out waterholes. Even if there has been no water in a particular location for many years, the adults lead the calves there so that the young animals learn the routes to where water may be available.

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Elephants (Etosha)

The Etosha elephants have a somewhat easier life. Namibian elephants tend to have short or broken tusks because their diet lacks calcium.

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