World Elephant Day 2020 (21 photos)

Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. 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 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, and in preserves and protected parks.

One of a series of images by photographer Greg Du Toit, taken in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve between 2014 and 2017, giving a close view of the lives of elephants.

Greg Du Toit / Barcroft Media / Getty)

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