Elephant Close Up – Story Behind the Photo

Some of my latest work on Pygmy Elephants with a write up on the gear I used.

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For four days we were lucky enough to get very close to this elusive species. Pygmy elephants are endemic to the island of Borneo, famous for their slightly smaller size, they are endangered with a population of roughly 1,500 left in the wild. This species is increasingly vulnerable to human impacts as a result of deforestation and conflict with palm oil development. They are the least understood elephant and in my opinion the sweetest, with their oversized ears and long tail to keep them cool and usher away insects.
Our first encounter we trekked a little while into the thick undergrowth and found an opening where there were about twenty elephants grazing. Our presence obviously wasn’t too big a concern as we were still observing different behaviour which is only seen in relaxed environments, such as play fighting and suckling.

Elephants play fighting Taken with the XF50-140mm.

 However because of the situation we were in…

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