Sunday, 7 March 2021

Why Do Elephants Eat Sand


Why do elephants eat sand?

The elephant's trunk is actually a long nose. It uses it for smelling drinking and picking stuff up like grass and twigs to eat, it also uses it for breathing while swimming.

At the end of the elephant's trunk are two finger-like features which helps it to grab really small items like sand and pebbles.
The sand could also work as an abrasive by helping to digest some of the more fibrous plants that it eats.

Elephants eat sand which contain minerals like calcium sodium and iron which is important for maintaining a healthy diet.
This elephant is using its toenails to break some particles of the soil and actually, it's pushing some of the sand right into the trunk before picking it up, it's not using those two finger like structures, it's breaking the bigger pieces and then putting it into its mouth.

Sometimes the sand or clay could help minimize stomach aches from the plants which have toxins.
Every elephant is a different individual and each has its own style of eating sand. So the earlier one was actually pushing the sand into its trunk whereas these ones are using the fingers on the trunk to pick up the sand and put it into their mouth.
Female elephants tend to eat more sand than males, which suggests that the females have a greater nutritional need for it especially during pregnancy and lactation.

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Monday, 1 March 2021

Elephant Follows The Wrong Family


 

A young elephant follows the wrong family.
This young elephant was a little too attached to a wandering herd which had a few youngsters in it. While the herd was walking away it suddenly realized that it was in the wrong family and hurriedly rushed back trying to search for its own herd. Its very nice and interesting to see its interaction with others during the search.
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These are some of the wildlife we may see on a Tsavo East Safari and to book a safari with us, simply visit our website www.wildkenyasafaris.com


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Friday, 26 February 2021

Hyena, Jackals, Buffalos | On Safari In Tsavo East #9

 


On this Safari game drive in tsavo east, we get to see a spotted hyena, jackals, crested francolin with chicks, huge male elephants, unusual gathering of 8 secretary birds, a ground hornbill with a bird as its prey, a huge herd of buffalo and many other varieties of birds and animals.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Thousands Of Quelea, Ostrich Eating Stones | Virtual Tsavo East Safari #7

 



On this Safari game drive in tsavo east, we get to see thousands of red billed quelea flying, ostrich eating stones, bee eaters chasing ground hornbills, zebra with an itch, impalas, elephants, secretary bird on a nest and many other varieties of birds and animals.

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Monday, 18 January 2021

Huge Elephants, A Deadly Puff Adder | On Safari in Tsavo East #4


On this Safari game drive in tsavo east, we get to see some huge bull elephants, wattled starlings feeding, pygmy falcon, a giant puff adder on the road, baboons, vultures, vulturine guinea fowl, waterbucks and many other varieties of birds and animals.

These are some of the wildlife we may see on a Tsavo East Safari and to book a safari with us, simply visit our website www.wildkenyasafaris.com

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

A Hornbill With Snakes, A Lioness Stalking | On Safari In Tsavo East # 3

 


On this Safari game drive in tsavo east, we get to see a lioness stalking impala, elephants feeding, spotted thick knee with a chick, a baby giraffe with its mum, a southern ground hornbill carrying some snakes, red billed quelea and many other varieties of birds.

These are some of the wildlife we may see on a Tsavo East Safari in December and to book a safari with us, simply visit our website www.wildkenyasafaris.com

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Warned By An Elephant, A Bachelors Love Song | On Safari In Tsavo East #2

 


On this Safari game drive in tsavo east, we get to see a member of the big five and little five together, a rosy patched bush shrikes love song, an elephant giving a stay where you are warning, an lovely orange bellied parrot couple, giraffe, hippos, jackals and many varieties of birds.
These are some of the wildlife we may see on a Tsavo East Safari in December.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

How Do Elephants Eat Grass

 


How Do Elephants Eat Grass.
Here's a wonderful herd of elephants which are eating grass. You might be wondering how do elephants eat grass, elephants are herbivores meaning that they eat mostly plants and they can consume up to 200kgs of vegetation a day. They spend about 10 to 15 hours a day just eating and the quantity of grass they consume depends on the season and the habitat. They eat more grass in the wet season and when its dry, they eat more tree bark, twigs and leaves. The elephant uses its trunk to bring food up to its mouth. It rips the grass from the ground, dusts it off, and it does that to remove the sand and the stones. Elephants have very clever eating habits.

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Thursday, 24 December 2020

On Safari In Tsavo East #1



On this Safari game drive in tsavo east, we get to see some lions inside a waterhole, a cheetah by the road, a lucky zebra who escaped the claws of lions, a trio of jackals and many varieties of birds.

These are some of the wildlife we may see on a Tsavo East Safari in December.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

100 Elephants At A Windmill


 

A Hundred Elephants at a Windmill seen on our Safari in Tsavo East A magnificent scene of about a hundred elephants at a windmill. Because the park was very dry the last two months, a very large herd of elephants gathered at the windmill as it was the only reliable water source. Each Elephant can drink about 200 litres of water a day so just imagine a hundred of them, there was naturally not enough water being pumped out for all of them.

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Sunday, 13 December 2020

Zebras and Lions Watch Eachother Closely


 

These zebras are close to lions. On the early morning game drive in our tsavo east safari we spotted some zebras behaving a little more cautiously than usual. We then spotted the lions resting near the water pan. The lions knew that the zebras wanted water and all that these big cats had to do was wait for the zebras to come to them.


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Monday, 30 November 2020

 



A wildlife paradise full of animals.
At certain times of the year, the rainfall from the taita hills flows down into a seasonal river at tsavo east national park. As it was almost dry season here, the little rainfall up in the hills would bring down a refreshing stream attracting lots of animals and birds. A really nice moment to sit back and enjoy, a true wildlife paradise.


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