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July 2014: Massai Mara, Kenya

"The evening rain in East Africa brings the elephants, moving delicately through the tall grass. They communicate with low, rumbling sounds, not audible to the human ear."

From the Photographer...

Robyn Gianni

East Africa in the rainy season is not for the weak of heart. The rain is very heavy, and you are stuck frequently. The grass is high and unless you know what you are looking for, you may never find it.  The early evenings are still; and in the far distance, you can see and feel first claps of thunder hovering over Tanzania starting the stimulation of the migration to the North. This is the period of long rains, and a virtually empty Mara.  The evening rain brings the elephants, moving delicately through the tall grass. They communicate with low, rumbling sounds, not audible to the human ear. Their sense of smell is unparalleled, and this young calf twists and turns it’s trunk to get a sense of what is close by.

I am probably best known for photographing elephants. I have photographed them in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. In each country the elephants are different. The environment they live in is drastically diverse in each country on the continent of Africa.

Even though I always connect with the beauty of nature first, I cannot ignore the dire circumstances they are facing. 2011 was by far the worse year for elephants, and 2012 is proving to be equally as devastating. I am interested in The Nature Conservancy and it’s supporting partners because I don’t want my images to be the last elephants we see in the wild.

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