Tusker

Tusker

“Elephant!” our driver Ray shouts, slamming on the brakes. My sister, father and I scan the dry brush of the hillside from the back of the Land Rover. Directly above us, a bull elephant stands, partially obscured, tail swatting, ears flapping, skin as dry and wrinkled as African earth. He thrashes, ripping bushes and small…

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Lunching with elephants

“Do you think we’ll see elephants today?” I ask Ray, our guide and driver, as we enter Tarangire National Park, which is known for its elephant herds. “I think so,” Ray says, with a slight smirk. I have been to East Africa before. When I was in college I spent a semester studying wildlife biology in…

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Eleven things I learned on safari

Lions won’t attack humans unless directly threatened. Despite our deep fear of these animals, unless you jump out at them within a few feet they will just run away. Fire ants can kill baby humans. Apparently they really hurt adult humans when they bite too. Baby warthogs are adorable. They’re so ugly that they’re cute. Giraffes make…