“It is soon apparent that everything gives way to the elephants. The zebra wait, the sable watch, and even the lion keep a distance when it’s the elephant who want to drink.”
– Graham Simmonds
Zimbabwean Graham Simmonds knows all about the dry season in Hwange. As he says, it is a season to behold: dense concentrations of predator and prey meeting at the last sources of water, often resulting in breathtaking events.
However, it is not only the conflict over those that dine or dash, but also over the water source itself, with pecking orders to be strictly followed.
It is soon apparent that everything gives way to the elephants. The zebra wait, the sable watch, and even the lion keep a distance when it’s the elephant who want to drink.
But what happens when the elephant have a disagreement over who gets to put their trunk where?
I was fortunate enough to be in the Little Makalolo log pile hide when a herd of 20 came down to drink. There was a scuffle over drinking-position rights between two (future) giants of the area. This brief and comical display of (mini) might, dwarfed by the rumps and legs of their sisters, aunts and mothers, brought on a ready smile.
The display of rage was fleeting between the two future heavyweights, before both moms rumbled their guttural calls. Off to browse went one of the brawling culprits whilst the other was made to stand in what can only be seen as the ‘naughty corner’ until mom had had enough to drink.
Post courtesy of Wilderness Safaris