Rolling around in the mud is, however, more than just fun for elephants. Mud baths serve a critical purpose for elephants. Under the harsh African sun, the heat and UV radiation can be deadly and with their few hair and sweat glands they have to find other ways to cool off. Romping around in mud not only cools them down but provides a protective layer to shield their body from the sun’s rays and it is also relief them from insect bites.
Info source URL: www.campkuzuma.com/mud-baths/
The photo was taken during January 2015.