Travel - 6 Agosto Viewing Animals in the Wild: Lessons Learned and Never Forgotten I had never seen an African elephant in the wild like this. He was not put here for a show and I was not protected by a safari truck. The grass through which he walked was the same grass I felt on my calves. The bugs the bird ate off his back were the same as the ones flying about my head. For such a large creature, he was silent, except for the sound the reeds made as he snapped them with his trunk.