There He Blows

There He Blows

£95.00Price

The African elephant, one of the Earth’s last remaining land giants but one surrounded by conservation success stories! ⁠

 

This photo was taken in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, where poaching devastated the elephant population between the 1970s-1990s. However, after a monumental effort from the Tanzanian government and the incredible rangers, the elephant population here has doubled in size. More than 4,000 individuals now roam the park.

 

This beautiful bull elephant was in musth, a condition where the males experience a surge in the reproductive hormone testosterone. In other words, this boy was "in heat" and looking for females to mate with. Musth is typically characterised by displays of aggression and dominance towards other male elephants, and the surge in testosterone levels they experience mean that the bulls can be very unpredictable. Therefore, it's important to be careful and constantly monitor their behaviour.

 

However, this bull didn't appear to be phased or intimidated by our presence. Instead, he put on quite a show, meandering towards us from more than 300 metres away, throwing dust over himself the entire way. This is a behaviour that all elephants (not just males in musth) exhibit to help protect their delicate skin from the sun. I was extremely lucky to capture this image just as he strolled past a gap in the trees, with the sun’s rays lighting up the dust to create a gorgeous orange glow.

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    Printed on Innova Etching 315 gsm cotton rag paper that is sustainably sourced and FSC® certified. Available in three sizes:

     

    Small - 300x200mm
    Medium - 450x300mm
    Large - 600x400mm

     

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Sustainably Sourced
Printed on FSC® certified paper, meaning that all materials are responsibly sourced and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Professionally Printed
Printed on award-winning Innova Etching 315 gsm cotton rag paper.

Fighting Environmental Damage
By using responsibly sourced materials, we are fighting against irreversible damage to forests, people and wildlife.

Superior Quality
Delivering vibrant images with wonderful depth.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
As a conservation biologist, I have seen first-hand the amazing work that can be done with donations. I'm thrilled to be donating 20% of profits to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Quality Assurance &

Contributing to Conservation

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Why Lewa Wildlife Conservancy?

It's personal...

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a private reserve in the centre of Kenya. Originally founded as a rhino sanctuary in 1983, Lewa's rhino population has grown from 15 founding individuals to over 169 rhinos today. Lewa now holds 14% of Kenya's rhino population and is a leading pioneer in rhino conservation. By providing a suitable and safe habitat for threatened wildlife, Lewa has also enabled other key African species to thrive, including the critically endangered Grevy's zebra, elephants, lions, wild dogs, cheetah, the critically endangered Pancake tortoise and many more...

I have a masters in Wildlife Conservation and my thesis investigated black rhinos. I spent 7 months researching the black rhino population on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and I worked with some of the most inspiring, passionate and amazing people that I have ever met. I have witnessed first-hand the incredible work that is conducted on Lewa: vital scientific research, cutting-edge anti-poaching strategies, working closely with the local communities and providing educational outreach programmes to the surrounding schools. Lewa is truly a catalyst for conservation.

 

20% of all profits will be donated to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, specifically to the Research & Monitoring Department - my home for seven months, and a department whose work is vital for the conservation of several critically endangered species across the landscape. To find out how you will be helping, please visit www.lewa.org. Thank you!