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A mysterious desert elephant on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia © Greg du Toit

Desert elephants


It had long been a dream of mine to see and photograph a Namibian desert elephant. It remains an incredible mystery to me how these gigantic creatures can survive in a harsh desert. I was more than chuffed to finally catch up with this bull on the Skelton Coast of Namibia.


Following the bull as he passed by a sand dune, I knew that this would be the frame that I had come here for. I had to travel all the way to the Congo to get a shot of a forest elephant and juxtaposed against this frame, I can only marvel at the adaptability of this incredible species. I believe that we will win the fight to halt elephant poaching and that they will roam deserts, forests and savannahs for future generations to see and enjoy. I must believe this, I am a wildlife photographer and an ambassador for wild creatures. It is my duty to bring inspiring portraits of elephants to the world. It was, after all, Sir David Attenborough who once said that, “images have the power to affect how we feel about the natural world and therefore how we treat it.”