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    Tarangire National Park: An Abundance of Elephants

    While on safari in the Tarangire National Park, located in Tanzania, we took a day trip to a massive marsh that the elephants frequent. Driving through the thick mud and potholes, we made it just in time to catch the elephants soaking themselves in mud, cooling themselves off from the heat of the day. Elephants both young and old took part in this activity, though the young ones had trouble controlling their trunks appropriately; instead they waved them around, seeming surprised at where their own appendage moved at their will.
    Luckily for me, elephants are prominent in Tarangire National Park, in fact I saw some almost every day. This abundance, though, gave me a false sense of hope for them. The numbers of elephants in Tarangire do not give an accurate representation of the abundance in all of Africa. Due to poaching the elephant population is experiencing a decline. Luckily, though, many have found sanctuary in Tarangire, which is not fenced in. Anti-poaching programs and environmental awareness programs are helping the elephants, and all of Africa's abundant wildlife, to get the protection they deserve.
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