NWS specialist leader David Yarrow places himself in the path of endangered giants
Renowned photographer David Yarrow has travelled across the globe to capture his inimitable black-and-white images of the world’s wildlife, from polar bears in the High Arctic and emperor penguins in Antarctica to the magnificent megafauna that range across the plains of Africa. One of his more recent assignments took him in search of the largest of the large: Africa’s “big tusker” elephants, so called because of their huge tusks that each weigh in excess of 50kg and reach almost to the ground.
Even for a man who has photographed lions, tigers, bears and great white sharks over the course of his career, getting the right shots of these gigantic bull elephants would require both placing himself in the line of danger and, in the words of David himself, the requisite amount of ‘balls’. The only way to capture an image that would do these giants justice would be to travel into the bush and approach them on foot. But when facing up to an 11 ft-tall elephant with hulking tusks of almost the same length, this is no easy task.