Borneo Pygmy elephant Deramakot Forest Reserve

War dancing Pygmy elephants of Borneo’s Deramakot Forest Reserve

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While looking for the Clouded leopard in Borneo, we came across the herd of Borneo Pygmy elephants in Deramakot Forest Reserve a few days in a row.

Unlike most pygmy elephants that would retreat at the first sight of a vehicle, this herd was very relaxed. They were happy to stay on the road and make us wait for them to wander off so we could pass.

Each time we came across the herd, one of the young females took the opportunity to practice her war dance moves on us. She began by bobbing her head up and down and flapping her ears.

Then she would start walking towards our truck dancing from one foot to the other and eventually turn 180 degrees and continue walking bum first, turning her bobbing head to see where she is going

Borneo Pygmy elephant Deramakot Forest Reserve
War-dancing Borneo Pygmy elephant

She would reverse right up to our truck, stare at the driver through the windshield and then quickly walk away back towards the herd. The afternoon I took this footage, the youngster added an extra dimension of war dress to her routine by pulling a trunkful of grass from the roadside and depositing it on top of her head. Such a star performer.

Borneo pygmy elephant in Deramakot Forest Reserve
The feisty youngster browsing with the herd

 

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Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt is a wildlife ecologist by training but more of a naturalist by inclination. She has graduated with Master of Wildlife Conservation degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and is currently based in Australia. Margarita has been photographing wildlife for a number of years, throughout her work and travels in Thailand, India, Africa, and Russia, as well as Australia. What drives Margarita is the excitement of a new destination and new species to be found and photographed there.

Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt is a wildlife ecologist by training but more of a naturalist by inclination. She has graduated with Master of Wildlife Conservation degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and is currently based in Australia. Margarita has been photographing wildlife for a number of years, throughout her work and travels in Thailand, India, Africa, and Russia, as well as Australia. What drives Margarita is the excitement of a new destination and new species to be found and photographed there.

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Carol Matney

SO ADORABLE

Carol Matney

SO ADORABLE

Jill Edwards

Great pic

Jill Edwards

Great pic