Greg Du Toit has worked on his In The Footsteps Of Giants project for the past four years, spending hundreds of hours with wild African elephants. Here are some of his incredible images of these magnificent and extremely vulnerable creatures.
“I’ve flown over wild bush country in Kenya, descended into an extinct volcano in Tanzania, been to the Congo basin and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia – all in search of giant tuskers. I have also traversed the Zambezi Valley by foot and canoe in search of my behemoth subjects. Once, in an underground hide, I stared at the toenails of an elephant standing just outside.
It has been a spellbinding journey and now that I have this body of work, I hope to share it with a wider audience so that these photographs can help ensure that elephants are protected.
These sentient creatures are a keystone species, which means that should they become extinct, the entire ecosystem would collapse. It’s a tragedy that Africa has lost 70% of its elephant population in the last 40 years and alarming that elephants are being hunted and poached at a faster rate than they are being born.”