This past year has been unprecedented for elephants since record keeping began twenty-three years ago. It is estimated that over two and a half thousand elephants have been poached for their tusks. The tragedy of what is happening is not just what is dying around us, but also what is dying within us. GC
by Gregory Colbert
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) orphans walking back to stockade, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Lone Elephant in Zambia
THE GODFATHER (Nature) - He is big - 4 meters tall and over 4 tons in weight, he is the "Godfather." I have visualized this scene many times. I have checked and rechecked my equipment and decided upon the camera and lens combination. I now relax and control my breathing as they come into view. The next ten minutes are bliss of forgetfulness as I zone in to the task at hand; only one moment stands out. He stands still before me in all his magnificence, raising his trunk filled with the red Kalaha
imprint left by sleeping elephant at Oregon Zoo.