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Photo of the day – mother and child

Jeffreys Bay photographer Joey Nel captured this image of a young elephant and its mother.

Elephants form deep family bonds and live in tight matriarchal family groups of related females called a herd. The herd is led by the oldest and often largest female in the herd, called a matriarch.

Herds consist of 8-100 individuals depending on terrain and family size. When a calf is born, it is raised and protected by the whole matriarchal herd.

Males leave the family unit between the ages of 12-15 and may lead solitary lives or live temporarily with other males.

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