Loxodonta africana

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Photograph by Paul Ruggeri.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.

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Loxodonta africana – African elephant. Mud dries on the back of the elephant. The mud in the furrows between the folds remains moist, helping the elephant to keep cool in the heat. The dried mud on the folds helps protect against sunburn.

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Are the furrows / folds (1) unique to individuals and (2) do they change over time? Would they be as good as fingerprints for identification?

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