An Evening Game Drive in the South Luangwa National Park

Oct 23, 1993

While on an evening game drive in the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, we ran across the largest herd of elephants I have ever encountered. We counted more than 60 in this one spot eating, dusting themselves off, and generally being pretty social, at least with each other. This one particular baby wanted to get a closer look at us, but not without her mother. The closer she got, the more she retreated under Mom. Thank goodness Mom seemed pretty relaxed with us as evident in her body language. It was but one of the several interesting behaviors we got to observe that evening.