On August 29, 2016, I photographed an affectionate moment between the two resident elephants in the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve near Mutare, Zimbabwe.
The elephants had just had a sand bath in a hollow, which they frequent quite often, and they appear to be giving each other a kiss!
Elephants are extremely sensitive and intelligent creatures. Such a pity that so many die prematurely as a result of ivory poaching.
These two are safe in the Cecil Kop Reserve which is managed by the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe.
Dr. Peter Lowenstein has contributed many beautiful and fascinating images and stories to EarthSky. Trained as a geochemist, he spent his early years with the Geological Survey of Papua New Guinea, specializing in metals and volcanoes. In 1989, he moved to the Zimbabwe Geological Survey as Chief Economic Geologist and has lived and worked in Zimbabwe ever since. Peter is now retired to Zimbabwe, in a house with a beautiful view in Murambi East, Mutare, where he pursues favorite hobbies including construction of electronic gadgets, listening to music, gardening, surfing the Internet ... and photography.