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Head-butting Elephants at Sabi Sabi

By Boyd Matson

Showing off for the girls, pushing and shoving, picking fights, refusing to listen to their mothers, I could be describing teenage boys, but in this case I’m talking teenage male elephants.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference in their behavior, and the similarities were on display when I was at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in South Africa.  In the young male groups one minute they would be eating and the next they were butting heads and crossing tusks.

By the way, it seems as if elephants are always eating.  You can’t maintain that figure without consuming some super sized portions.  This week on my radio show, National Geographic Weekend, I talk with Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge guide Brett du Bois about elephant behavior and we also discuss our encounters with rhinos and leopards.  This video shows some of the elephant action we witnessed.

Listen to Boyd Matson’s Radio Interview with Brett du Bois (11:00)
To hear the rest of this week’s show subscribe to the free NG Weekend Podcast.

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Boyd Matson hosts National Geographic Weekend, a weekly radio program. Visit www.NGWeekend.com to find out where you can hear the show.