Desert elephants are not a distinct species of the elephant but are African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) that have made their homes in the Namib and Sahara deserts. It was believed at one time that they were a subspecies of the African bush elephant, but this is no longer thought to be the case.
Although not a separate species, and not much different from other savannah elephants Loxodonta africana africana, Namibia’s desert-dwelling elephants are special nonetheless. They are of high national and international conservation priority and have been designated as the top priority for protection by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). They live in the Kunene Region, encompassing 115,154 km2 of mostly sandy desert, rocky mountains and arid gravel plains in Namibia’s northwest.
Nikon D5; AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens at 92mm; 1/500 sec at f10; ISO 800.