The Elephant Herd That Comes to Dinner, Yearly

Mfuwe Lodge was built in Zambia in 1998 in the middle of a path that elephants take mango trees yearly.  The structure has not deterred them.  Every year when the mango trees’ fruit is ripe, the elephant herd arrives, peacefully tromp through the hotel’s reception area, descends the stairs into the courtyard, and feast on the fruits.  The matriarch, Wonky Tusk, brings her two-week-old baby, Lord Wellington, along, in an unprecedented show of trust between wild elephants and humans.  Short piece by wildlife photographer Nathan Pilcher.


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