Elephants and Kilimanjaro

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Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya is home to the largest free-ranging population of elephants in Africa.  Some 1,300 elephants depend on its spring-fed swamps for food and water.  The water comes via underground aquifers from the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro, which at nearly 6,000m high dominates the Amboseli landscape.  The elephants here are the subject of the longest-running study of wild elephants in the world. Started by Cynthia Moss in 1972, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project strives to create, maintain and make available an unparalleled body of knowledge of the African savannah elephant.  Every individual in the population is known and monitored.  This family is known as the DB family and is led by an old female called Deborah (second from the left).
Winner Black and White category Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005