World Elephant Day 2020

August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day since 2011. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, the day is a time to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants,” according to the organizer’s website. Elephants continue to face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. On this World Elephant Day, I’ve gathered a few recent images of African and Asian elephants in their natural habitat, as well as in preserves and protected parks.

An earlier version of this photo essay misidentified the location of one of the photos. The caption has been corrected.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty

    Scenes From Svalbard

    Recent images of the landscapes and inhabitants of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean

  • Serhii Nuzhnenko / Reuters

    Photos From Russia’s Ongoing Invasion of Ukraine

    Recent images of the war and resistance in Chernihiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Kyiv, and more

  • Rodrigo Garrido / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: Snake Saint, Magic Fountain, Corgi Puppets

    Patriots’ Victory Day in Ethiopia, scenes from the Met Gala, Children’s Day in Japan, images from Ukraine, a wildfire in New Mexico, and much more

  • Alyssa Pointer / Reuters

    The Fight for Roe

    Images from some of the protests sparked by the release of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion