Wide, open grasslands framed by distant mountains and a herd of elephants slowly pass by, the baby staying close to its mother.
I was lucky enough to go to Kenya for work this month. Naturally, I took the opportunity to go on safari in the Masai Mara.
The “big five”
It was a brief safari (2 days) so we zoomed about in our jeep trying to see the “big five”: leopard, elephant, lion, cape buffalo, and rhino. Apparently the term “big five” comes from the game hunting days as these animals were particularly ferocious when cornered to be shot.
Personally, I wasn’t that fussed about the “big five”. I wanted to spend more time with the animals rather than rushing around for 1 minute with the lion then off to 1 minute with the cheetah. I especially wanted to spend more time with the elephants. They were so peaceful. Slowly moving through the savannah, eating and having baths along the way.
Some African elephant facts
from National Geographic and Jackson, our excellent driver and guide:
- Adult elephants can eat up to 136kg per day.
- An elephant pregnancy takes 22 months.
- Adult elephants sleep standing up.
- Adult elephants only sleep for around 3 hours a night. The rest of the time they eat.
Toy baby elephants
Inspired by my safari, I decided to make some toy elephants for the as-yet-unborn babies of my two close friends, both of whom are pregnant. You can find the free pattern on Stitch Craft Create.