MMiller Posted February 20, 2018 Share Posted February 20, 2018 To take a photo of a wild African elephant for a photograph, I do wonder what exactly is a safe distance, from either on foot or a vehicle? I know in Yellowstone National Park it is advisable and legally required to stay at least a hundred yards ( about 90 meters) away from a grizzly bear, plus I personally would recommend at least 200 yards when hiking in open country, or avoid the area altogether. My philosophy on this is that animals need their space, and they don't mind you if you stay in 'your' space. Intrude though, and it can be a problem. Basically, if they 'want' their photo taken, they will abide. Otherwise, I don't bother. This unfortunate incident occurred in Zambia. It appears that a Belgian woman photographer with much experience around elephants, got within 25 meters, which agitated the elephant that subsequently charged, while a nearby Dutchman tried to rescue her and got trampled to death also. http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/11/dutchman-trampled-to-death-by-elephant-on-zambian-holiday/ Any thoughts on what's a reasonably safe distance to photograph an elephant? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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