August 12

World Elephant Day with Photographer Marina Cano

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August 12, 2013

Today is World Elephant Day! In honour of these incredible creatures, today’s blog takes a look at elephants through the talented, well-travelled eyes, or rather lens, of photographer, Marina Cano. Nothing beats witnessing these majestic animals in the wild, especially in the herds Marina came across in the plains of Kenya. Until that day comes for you, take a look below…


Featured Photographer: Marina Cano

Marina Cano is a brilliant landscape and wildlife photographer, based in Cantabria, in the North of Spain. Her work has been published around the world and has won numerous international awards. Her must-have book entitled “Cabárceno” is filled with stunning imagery which she took over three years in the largest wildlife park in Europe of the same name. 

In December 2012 she published her second book: “Drama & Intimacy”, a carefully selection from the pictures she took in South Africa, Kenya, England and Cabarceno. She has had exhibitions in Cape Town, London and Spain and is currently photographing wildlife in Africa. She says, “I’m amazed with the beauty I’ve found everywhere.”

In celebration of World Elephant Day this year, Marina sent us some of her favourite elephant shots, which she took on a trip to the Amboseli National Park and the famous Masai Mara in Kenya.

For more of Marina’s inspiring photography visit her Facebook Page or Website.

By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano

Did You Know

– The African elephant (Forest and Savannah) is threatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide.
– An African bull’s tusks can grow to over 11 feet long and weigh 220 pounds.
– In 1989 CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade.
– 2011 saw the highest number of illegal ivory seizures recorded in the last 23 years. The main market for illegal ivory is China…

For an interesting read about the state of elephants, we recommend the article, “Day of the Elephants” by Don Pinnock.

By Marina Cano  By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano

By Marina Cano


Elephants Gone Wild

From our side… we thought we’d share our “Elephants Gone Wild” video, featuring amazing elephant footage we filmed at Jamala in the Madikwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Ready, set, watch:



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About the author 

Tamlin Wightman

Tamlin has been exploring, writing about and photographing Africa ever since her first job as a photojournalist for Getaway Magazine. She's lived on an island, eaten with lions, sailed catamarans in the Indian Ocean, tracked wild dogs with Kinglsey Holgate, and white water rafted down the Zambezi and has kept just about every airplane ticket that has crossed her hands.

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