Elephants are under constant threats from poachers and conflicts with man. In some areas of Africa where hunting is still common, the elephants will behave much more aggressively and often run from vehicles. In protected areas it is much easier to observe and enjoy their fascinating natural behaviors. The inspiration for this piece came from the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. Shaking can be simply a means to remove dust or water but can also be seen when an elephant feels threatened or irritated. This youngster just wanted to let us know he was tough stuff!