By Mark Hodge @MrHodgey
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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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Rian also explained that Namibia is experiencing a drought making it even harder for animals to cool off in the blistering heat.
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 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.”