Animals

By Kristiana Hall


These health-conscious elephants were spotted at a waterhole covering themselves in thick layers of white mud to protect themselves from harsh UV rays – just like human suncream.

Wildlife photographer and artist, Anja Denker, from Windhoek, Namibia, captured the group of elephants on camera at the Etosha National Park on a recent trip.

Anja Denker/Caters News

Anja Denker/Caters News

The elephants look almost white as they plaster their bodies in the mud as a way of taking care of their skin and protecting themselves from the harsh sunlight.

Anja, 50, said: “I have been photographing the so-called ‘white’ elephants of Etosha for a few years now.

“They always make great subjects for photography due to their imposing size and white countenance.

Anja Denker/Caters News

Anja Denker/Caters News

“I have witnessed a few interactions with them now as they douse themselves and others animals with water at various waterholes, and just having great fun coating themselves with the white mud.

“It’s always a thrill when you get really close to them on the road or when they pass your car very closely.

“Their sheer size is very intimidating but they have always been gentle and I have never had a problem when being in their presence.”

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