Image: Elephant Bull
Location: Amboseli National Park, KENYA
Photographer: Michael Lorentz, PTA Director and Partner Guide
This elephant bull is so substantial, confident and determined that it seems impossible that his species could be threatened by extinction. Yet mankind’s relentless expansion has resulted in habitat destruction and the ensuing conflict over resources. This, coupled with an increase in poaching to feed a market in human vanity means elephants face an uncertain future. This picture was taken on the edge of Lake Amboseli, with the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro rising up behind. I was privileged to be staying in a Massai community concession, where the local population have recognized the importance of conserving a balanced and integrated ecosystem. They work closely with the researchers, conservations and safari operators to achieve this objective.