"Sunscreen for elephants!?" Big 5 Tip by Jenniflower

Big 5, Kruger National Park: 42 reviews and 66 photos

  Wading into the water
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  • Wading into the water - Kruger National Park
      Wading into the water
    by Jenniflower
  • Wading into the water - Kruger National Park
      Wading into the water
    by Jenniflower
 

Elephants have various uses for their trunks, eating being one, and pulling down trees being another... but another rather important one is to keep itself cool! Elephants live in hot climates generally, the KNP is a very hot climate certain times of the year, and they squirt cool water over themselves to keep cool in the blazing heat. After that, they squirt a fine layer of dust over themselves... which, when combined with the water, makes a thin type of mud layer... their sunscreen :)

They also use their trunks as snorkels when they wade in deep water. They are incredibly good swimmers, something which I dont think many folk realise :)

Address: Throughout the KNP, especially in the north
Directions: Throughout the KNP, especially in the north
othercontact: http://www.sanparks.org/
Phone: +27 (21) 424 1037
Website: http://www.krugerpark.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 19, 2006
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