I C O N I C

And In Danger

Elephants are one of Africa’s most iconic species. These pachyderms live in groups; the oldest female—the matriarch—leads the family unit.

With the biggest brains in the animal kingdom, elephants exhibit a variety of behaviors. They are capable of grief, learning, play, altruism, cooperation, self-awareness, use of tools and language.

Elephant mothers have very long pregnancies. They carry their calves for 22 months, and cows usually only bear one calf every two to four years. A calf will take the first 17 years of its life to learn critical social and survival skills.

In 1970, 1.3 million elephants roamed Africa. Today there are fewer than 500,000, with an estimated 35,000 being killed every year. That's roughly 100 elephant deaths each day.

The elephant’s tusks have made it a target for poachers. Fueled by a growing demand for ivory products in places like China, Thailand and the U.S., trafficking elephant tusks has flourished as a black market industry.

How do we stop the slaughter and ensure a future for Africa’s elephants? Here are some key hurdles we must overcome: http://bit.ly/why-poachers-thrive

PHOTOS:

Sharon Loudon Photography / sharonloudon.com Billy Dodson / savannaimages.com Barbara von Hoffman / vonhoffmanphotograph.com Annie Katz /anniekatzphotography.com Martin Harvey / wildimagesonline.com Drone piloted and video shot by Ben Kreimer in collabraipn with Africa SkyCAM and CCTV Africa

#elephants #animals #animalkingdom #conservation #wildlife #nature #Africa #wildlifephotography

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  • dominickers

    Such beautiful and precious creatures. I'll never understand how we can treat them with such disdain. 😔

  • mitcwilb

    Very thoughtful and informative. A real call for action.

  • tbyrnes

    So precious and moving. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Kardemomme

    This is so moving! Love it so much! I support every kind of animal welfare! ☺️🙏🏻💛

  • ninagraceless

    I've always had a special place in my heart for elephants. So sad what's happening to them! Page 6 video is so beautiful.

  • elledit8

    Precious...

  • pmd

    Elephants are amazing

  • moka

    love!

  • carlniehaus

    Beautifully, and with great sensitivity, done. Thank you!

  • Bestjobers

    great story! thank you for the message :-)

  • hbraica

    Wild animals the elephant is the one I want, if you know he does not forget anymore.

  • Nrichard9

    Beautiful story, elephants are magnificent animals. Protecting wildlife is so important. 🐘💕

  • PaxJLong

    🐘💕

  • FilippoSalvioni

    Wonderful!!!

  • cathinkaingman

    👌🏼👌🏼

  • john7664

    When will we realise as a species we are supposed to share this world with all other species and not go taking the land away from creatures such as these. We all have a role to play in looking after our world.

  • snowqueen1650

    Such beautiful creatures 🐘💗

  • rafaelmonteiro

    Nice.. Top !!

  • janetbrown

    Wonderful! 🐘🐘

  • brettblumenthal

    Beautiful. I commented on your newest story, but I would love to talk to somebody within the organization about possible partnership. You can contact me at MOQUE19 [at] gmail.com

  • jrossignaud

    Beautiful and amazing video integration

  • gheega

    😍😍😍

  • jodyfrost

    so heartbreaking..... ;-(

  • leehorbachewski

    Incredible.

  • pineapple_girl

    I love this

  • pineapple_girl

    It's the most amazing

  • RikeAmru

    The very great creature! ❤️❤️

  • Miftakhurrosdn

    Awesome😊

  • irinahp

    One of my favorite animals!!

  • Amansour

    Amazing !

  • lizwarkentin

    Beautiful and moving photo essay

  • Mar_ML

    Made one story about the problem with 🐘 as well, but in Thailand. Great work 👏🏽 I invite you to check mine ✨

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