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'Elephant'

Matriarchal Herd, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

A Pastel by Gordon Howard

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The Nomads of Gondwana

I am always very careful around breeding herds because the mothers are very protective of their calves and will charge without any warning. They cover ground very rapidly for such large creatures, and they don't stop for anything.
This is a matriarchal herd of elephants, their grandma is over on the right side and she is the wise sage and 'memory' of the herd, with a fund of knowledge of where to find water and special forage.
On the left side is her daughter, with the youngsters on either side. The smallest, still covered in hair, is only a few days old and has much to learn of 'trunk' control.
Dimensions 21*25 inches (55*65cms) Printed on 225gsm 'Ivory' Board from Guarro Cassas in Spain
Printed in Hostmann Steinberg Inks Lightfast 7

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