In this page, we put photos of familiar elephants, in alphabetic order of the names we give them. Look at them carefully, you will be able to distinguish them.
Bommi and her son Bunta are regular visitors. Bommi is now (2020) an old female unseen since 2017. We first saw her during the dry season 2011 and we though she might not survive. But she did. She is tolerant of us and we consider her to be an old friend.
This photo below, is the last of Bommi. She looks exhausted from the drought. The calf, Titi would die a few days later. He could not make it back to the water hole. Bunta, luckily was strong by then and managed to survive.
Digger is easy to identify with only a right tusk and a hole in its left ear. He is an irregular and shy visitor.
Leonardo has long and curved tusks. He is very attentive with what he does. He systematically break trees and bamboos with exquisite ability, hence his name from Leonardo Da Vinci. He is reserved, but can traverse the open space between our kitchen and dining room if he decides to and sometimes enters the dining hall and helps himself to all our vegetables. He drinks water without wasting a drop which indicates excellent table manners if we excuse the stealing. He is a gentlephant.
Maximus is seen every year for short periods. He looks fairly old and experienced. Even though he is discreet, he is not shy or frightened. Can you make this out? Simple: elephants that you see in this website in full daylight come relatively close to the house during the day. But since we are very discreet ourselves, this behavior is probably not valid everywhere.
Ronaldo is massive, bigger than Rivaldo and his presence sends chills down the spine. You have to make way. He has destroyed our dining room once. He is accused of murder in the area, but you know how it is: if you are tough and have a reputation, you are accused of everything. His reputation is certainly exaggerated. Ronaldo is easily identified by a lower right tusk. But don’t bother to memorize. If you see him close, you will not forget.
Ronaldo recently lost the tip of his right tusk and a bit of his tail.