By Mark Hodge @MrHodgey

A BOSSY elephant throws its weight around at a crowded watering hole

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The elephant shows the crowd of wildebeest who's boss

Photographer Rian van Schalkwyk was on safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia, when he captured these stunning images showing a male elephant charging through a group of animals on a hot and dusty summer day.

The thirsty male charges towards a crowd of animals who quickly disperse

And while water is scarce at this time of year, the other beasts, including wildebeest and zebras, knew not to mess with the thirsty alpha male.

Making his presence felt: The elephant clears his path towards the waterhole

Rian said: “Most of the animals were co-existing in harmony but then one lone bull elephant came lumbering through the bushes and it became clear that the animals knew who the boss was.

Who's the boss: The elephant shows the wildebeest who's in charge

“The bull cleared a path for himself, scattering various animals. He decided the main waterhole wasn’t exclusive enough, and bypassed that for a smaller waterhole nearby.

Walk on the wild side: A crowd of wildebeest keep a safe distance from the huge animal

“While most of the wildebeest, who were the dominate species there, were quick to move for their superior - some were slower than others and waited until the last possible moment to move away the precious water.

A crowded watering hole in Namibia which is currently experiencing a drought

“Some oryx attempted to approach the area of the elephant, but the bull trumpeted his warning, and they stayed away.

“Some of the stronger wildebeest also tried to reclaim their spots. The elephant was not having it. He created a ruckus, made his dominance known, and took his time to have a drink.”

Big bully: The bossy elephant struts his stuff

Rian also explained that Namibia is experiencing a drought making it even harder for animals to cool off in the blistering heat.

A quick drink: The elephant enjoys a refreshing drink

He said: “Water is scarce in the more remote areas of the park and is having a devastating effect on some of its population.

The large male chases an opportunistic wildebeest away

“The dry season has just started, and already competition at the waterhole is stiff.

“Etosha uses these man-made waterholes to make sure that many of the creatures that inhabit the park are able to survive.”