"I Love a Parade!"
These are the famous Elephants of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. They make this journey daily up and back along the Tarangire River. Elephant society is matriarchal with family units of about 9-20 or even more in times of plenty. The oldest female is usually the leader. She remembers the locations of water, food and salt licks in different seasons. The group is very affectionate and supportive of each other. They all share the responsibility of watching over the young. When threatened, they take up a defensive position to protect the young. Males stay with the herd until young adults and then leave to join a small bachelor herd. They become more solitary as they mature sexually.
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