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Photo Essay: The Incredible Pygmy Elephants of Borneo (HQ)


We spotted rare pygmy elephants on the banks of Borneo’s Kinabatangan River. A true bucket-list experience. (With video.)

In This Borneo Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • A Grumpy Old Elephant Bull
  • A Playful Juvenile
  • A Watchful Sow
  • Video of the Experience!

Aside from the wonder of it all, I actually learned a couple of things from my experience with Malaysian Borneo’s pygmy elephants. For one, when a bucket-list experience unfolds before you—calm down. Breathe. Take it in. I was so panicked that I might miss the photo-op, I feel like I didn’t begin to absorb it until it was nearly over. For another—realize that it’s more important to ensure you’re set-up for the photo rather to snap-away wildly and have 20 blurry images before the first decent one.

Still, spotting wild elephants had long-been a dream of mine. And to see some of the world’a rarest elephants made the experience even more memorable.

So, I give to you—the pygmy elephants of Borneo (with video at the end):


The gentle-eyed momma.


The grumpy (protective) old bull.


The playful juvenile spotted us first!


Elephants have blue eyes. Now you know.


He made some aggressive posturing toward us. Can’t say I blame him.


The babe seemed to enjoy the attention.


Elephant butt.


This one flailed his trunk around the whole time,


I loved the look of this shot in black-and-white.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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