Large family groups are routine here; sometimes numbering as many as 20 elephants
Amboseli National Park in Kenya is most famous for its elephants
Because there are two lakes here, flamingos are also found in large numbers as are storks and pelicans
Zebras are also commonly seen
But away from the water it is very dusty and dry even in the shadow of Kilimanjaro with snow on the top
Dry grasses are the primary vegetation
The Maasai make there home here as well as elsewhere in Kenya and other parts of Africa
DId you ever wonder how the photographer was brave enough to get down so low in front of the elephants?
The trick is you hide under the car!
The elephants pretend they don't notice you
Old elephants (40-50 years) with big tusks are quite rare. Twelve are known in Kenya and only 20 overall in Africa. This is Tim seen at the Kimana Reserve
The other big tusker commonly found at Kimana is Tolstoy on the right. One tusk was sawn short because he was getting hungup with it stuck in the ground
These tusks are estimated to weigh over 50 kgs
Just how exceptional Tim and Tolstoy are is more obvious when you see other elephants around them
It's a very dry area, but a few cheetahs manage to make do
With limited resources there are frequent fights between animals of the same species.
The Maasai however seem to get along peacibly