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Elephants of Meru National Park, Kenya, Dec. 2012

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Post  Safariman on Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:39 pm

Probably due to the threat of poaching and the super- abundance of food after the very heavy rains, the elephants of Meru had gathered together in quite large herds. At times we had between 40-50 elephants in and around camp which made life interesting particularly with the the very dense foliage and under growth that had shot up around camp. You were never quite sure whether you were going to bump into one by accident!! We were escorted to and from our tents even in daylight by askari (guards) to ensure our safety.
On an afternoon game drive, soon after leaving camp we noticed a group of elephants crossing the small Murera River. Instead of their usual leisurely pace, interrupted by bouts of feeding the seemed to be in a hurry lead by a huge matriarch.
I decided to try and video them with my little pocket camera so the quality is not very good but the result was rather interesting.

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There were probably at least 80+ elephants that hurried past the most I had ever seen in a single herd and they made an awesome sight!!

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Post  gregrowlerson on Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:17 pm

That really is an incredible spectacle! I never knew that a herd could reach such epic proportions! Thanks for the share Safariman Very Happy
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Post  whitestarling on Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:16 pm

WOW That must have been incredible to see, so many Elephants all in one place. I wonder how many family units were in such a large herd. How long did you have to wait till they all went past, although they were moving at a fast pace as you say. Thats really not bad quality for a small pocket cam. Thanks for letting us share in your Safari Safariman
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Post  littlewid on Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:35 pm

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Unbelievable Safariman and just when you think the last one has gone by, there goes another one Elephant behind what a spectacular sight that was and to have been there watching must have been something else, jaw dropping for sure and thanks for sharing it with us. Was that your highlight of your trip?

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Post  Safariman on Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:56 am

Yes Littlewid it was one of the highlights of my trip but I also have some other fantastic sightings to show you and stories to tell you, so you may have to be patient!!!
WS they only took just over a minute to pass by, the length of the video. I did try counting them but it is difficult to get an accurate figure, you are welcome to try!! Thanks for the tip about YouTube, I will try and set up an account with them.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:52 pm

Wow! Amazing. I would love to see that. They were definitely in a hurry. Thank you so much for sharing the video with us. Elephant behind Elephant behind Elephant behind Elephant behind Elephant behind Elephant behind
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Post  Doogs on Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:09 pm

WOW what an incredible amount of Elephant behind That was some sight Safariman, certainly the biggest herd I've ever seen, must have been quite a sight to watch them all pass like that. Notice how such big, burly animals made such little noise ! I like all the different shapes and sizes of the elephant as they pass cheers :)
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Post  littlewid on Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:40 pm

Safariman I am not that good at being patient but I guess I will have to be Very Happy If that was only one of your highlights I can't imagine what the others must have been!
I did have a go at counting them and it is soooooo hard as they tend to mingle together and then you see little legs by the side of a big body and legs but can't see where or who the little legs belong too. At first I counted 65 and then on my second attempt I counted 68 but I know both guesses are wrong but it was fun to try and count them all but the Elephant behind Elephant behind Elephant behind had me beat...... elephant 1 littlewid 0 Very Happy

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Post  gregrowlerson on Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:44 pm

" WOW what an incredible amount of Elephant behind "

Doogs, baring in mind a recently posted pic of yours, would it be reasonable that I interpret your comment as, " WOW what an incredible amount of Elephant behind

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Elephant 1 LW O is very
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Post  whitestarling on Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:25 pm

I counted 65 as well so we must be somewhere near LW
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Post  littlewid on Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:26 pm

Well whether we are right or wrong WS we must be pretty close as you say but those Elephant Elephant have the upper hand on us but it's fun trying to count them Very Happy

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Post  gregrowlerson on Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:52 am

Oh no, my original interpretation joke was meant to read as, "what an incredible amount of

Elephant behind lol!
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Post  gregrowlerson on Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:16 am

That is wonderful that you have highlighted Safariman's epic video on the WAA homepage! cheers
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Post  Laikipia on Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:35 am

Safariman - what an amazing clip, and so many eles (okay I didn't count them but I trust Littlewid's eyesight)!

Thanks so much for sharing.

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