Sensitive, intelligent elephants are the world’s largest land mammal (by weight) and a living link to long-extinct species like the woolly mammoth.

Unfortunately, these fascinating animals also have a long history of abuse at the hands of humans. Every year, poachers kill tens of thousands of wild African and Asian elephants for the illegal ivory trade. And in places where their natural habitat has been taken over by development, herds may be subjected to lethal culls. Elephants in captivity may suffer brutal training for circuses or other traveling animal acts, or they may endure lonely lives in roadside zoos where they’re forced to provide rides for tourists.

Elephant rides in India
Ian Bottle
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Elephants belong in the wild.

In the wild, elephants live in close family groups and roam up to 30 miles a day. Few captive environments can provide a decent life for these sensitive and social animals.

Did you know?

Elephants in the wild can survive 50 to 60 years, but those in captivity die decades earlier usually because their feet and joints give out.

A male leopard of approximately 70 kg is shot in Namibia by a white hunter
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