Photographer's Note

Taken at the Metro Toronto Zoo.

An elephant's skin has been said to be really thick. On vulnerable spots like the trunk, legs and back, skin can be up to 2.5 to 3cms thick, but behind the ears, by the eye, on the abdomen, chest and shoulders it is as thin as paper. Such thick skin helps protect them from blistering sun.

Wallowing in mud and showering with dust offers further protection from sunburn and insect bites. It’s no coincidence that elephants’ skin color often resembles the soil they walk on! Beneath the grime is a dull brownish gray skin.

**Interesting Fact - People who touch an elephant´s skin for the first time often describe it as like an eraser.

**Post Pro - UnSharp Mask, AutoLevels, and no cropping.

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