At the San Diego Safari Park, the elephants live in an area known as Elephant Valley.
They have a huge expanse of land to roam around in including shade structures, a pool, and a few mud holes that the young ones like to play in. I noticed a few toys in the yard and the keepers hide treats for the elephants to discover.
I could easily spend all day watching the elephants. They are so affectionate with each other!
The adults were rescued from Swaziland about 10 years ago when the were scheduled to be killed due to overpopulation in that area. Since then they have had many children.
The babies are so much fun to watch. Check my post from earlier this week where the baby elephant has a tough time trying to stand up. So cute!
It was a wonderful experience to see the elephants living in a large space that is similar to their natural environment. You can watch the elephants live on the Safari Park’s elephant cam – but I warn you, you might spend all afternoon watching!
I made all of these images with my 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens that I rented for the zoo and the safari park. These 4 images were all made within the 100-250mm range at f/5 ISO400 hand held. Next time I get the opportunity I think I’ll try the 70-300L lens for comparison.