During periods of drought, elephants such as these in a Kenyan national park, are able to walk long distances in their search of a water source.
This herd was seen walking through the scorched Tsavo National Park in September this year, before finally finding a broken water pipe to quench their thirst.
The elephants can be seen walking in a long line before finding a pipe with a small crack in it, taking it in turns to suck the water out of the hole.
Long walk: A herd of elephants are seen walking for miles while searching for water in a national park in Kenya
An adult elephant drinks about 40 to 60 gallons a day, and has no problem travelling for several miles to find a source – usually a river, lake or a watering hole.
Elephants are known to dig for water if need be, and also eat fruits and leaves off trees to re-hydrate.
Photographer Shazaad Kasmani said: ‘A small family of elephants traverse the dried Savanna searching for grass and water during this prolonged period of drought in Kenya.
‘A mother and her calf come across a water pipe that has a tiny leakage.
All for one: The herd, including at least one calf, was seen walking through the scorched Tsavo National Park in Kenya
Finally: The animals manage to stumble over a broken water pipe, which has a small crack on top of it
Me first: The elephants are taking turn in drinking from the pipe, sucking water out of the crack
A family affair: The elephants traversed the dried Savanna searching for grass and water when they came upon the pipe
Quenching: An adult elephant drinks about 40 to 60 gallons a day, and has no problem travelling for miles to find a source
‘They cleverly use their trunks to suck in the water and also take turns to share, sipping the little water that they can get.
‘I have not seen this particular behaviour before in the wild – but I am not surprised. Elephants are quite creative and highly intelligent mammals.
‘It’s very interesting behaviour to watch, but it is also heart wrenching to see what the animals must do to try and survive during the drought.
‘The much anticipated monsoon rains did not arrive in many of the Kenyan National Park’s this year – so there is practically no grass around.
‘Many of the natural waterholes and river beds have been dry for almost a year now as well.’