My most memorable wildlife moment starts at Asilia’s Naboisho Camp, an area that extends off Kenya‘s Maasai Mara. That morning, I woke up at 5 am and set out on a walking safari: just me, my guide Roelof, and Roelof ‘s rifle. We head straight into the bush from camp and come upon a family of elephants. We want to get closer, but we don’t want them to feel threatened by our presence, so we take shelter in a bush and wait. The next thing I know, the family is right in front of us, including a baby who’s just months old. Without warning, the baby stumbles to the ground and drifts off into a peaceful slumber while the rest of its family browses nearby trees. I could see every breath the baby took as its little belly raised each time. It was a wild yet pure and tender moment. After about 15 minutes, the family decides to move on in search of more food. One of the older elephants nudges the baby to wake up, but the baby refuses and doses off back to sleep. After several tries, the baby finally gives in and gets up to join the rest of the family as they slowly march off into the wilderness.
– Becca Fritz