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20 orphaned African elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (@dswt) just outside Nairobi, Kenya

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A few more #elephants - they’re all heading for a bottle and bed.
Become a #dswtfosterparents #dswt #travel4conservation #WildographyandSafaris

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Happy #WorldElephantDay shout out from #wildographydudette @robyngianni
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Oh you beauties you bring such joy to my heart 💙🐘💙🐘💙#EastAfrica #Kenya #elephant #orphans #DSWT #WildographyandSafais #RememberingElephants

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Visiting Creatures in Need with Charlie Hamilton James

To see more of Charlie’s photography from around the world, follow @chamiltonjames on Instagram.

After spending several months during the course of a year in Africa shooting a story on wildlife poisoning, National Geographic photographer Charlie Hamilton James (@chamiltonjames) enjoyed his final day on assignment photographing (and cuddling) orphaned elephants. “On one level, it’s lovely, and on another level, it’s very sad. There’s a bit of a weird sort of emotional shift going on at the same time,” explains Charlie, who traveled to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (@dswt) in Kenya to see Roi, a young elephant who lost his mother to a poison dart. “Every single one of those elephants has seen some horrific trauma in its life.” Charlie offers advice to those who want to get involved on #WorldWildlifeDay but may not be traveling to Africa anytime soon: “The thing we can do is think locally,” he says. “Consider the animals on your own doorstep, and fight to protect them.”

Did you know that an estimated 100 African elephants are killed every day by poachers? That means that hundreds of baby elephants are left without parents every month. We have partnered up with @dswt in an effort to help with elephant conservation in Kenya. @

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Like humans, who are typically right- or left-handed, elephants are usually right- or left-tusked. The dominant tusk, called the master tusk, is generally more worn down, as it is shorter with a rounder tip.
🙏🏼🐘 #savetheelephants #Travel4Conservation #WildographyandSafaris #jointheherd #wildaid #worthmorealive #dswt #elephant #elephantlove #conservation #markdrury

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Happy World Elephant Day!

Every day should be World Elephant Day. These beautiful beings are being hunted and poached out of existence. Do you want a world where there are no elephants? Please foster orphan elephants, volunteer with elephant sanctuaries, don’t ride elephants, don’t visit zoos who steal these intelligent, gentle beings from their wild life and imprison them for life for 30 seconds of human gawking, and educate everyone you know about the plight of elephants. 

After all, what kind of a world would this be…without elephants?

Say NO to ivory, to elephant rides, to zoos.

We’re so lucky to have these gorgeous beings share this planet with us!

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Bull Elephant and breeding herd, Amboseli 2016
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If you are itching to go on an African Safari why don’t you join our very own #wildographer & photosafari host @dlberry_capture_africa_tours in Kenya to see the elephants you have or about to foster from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Say YES! to the Journey of a Lifetime👣 ✈️ 🐘 📸 #safari #wanderlust #shotsofafrica #dswt #dswtfosterparents #elephants #kenya #animalsofinstagram #animallovers #regrann #travelwithme #davidsheldrickwildlifetrust #saynotoivory #wildlife #Repost #videooftheday @dswtfosterparents @tiffieldtwins @dswt

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Tonight it was reported that the Trump Administration will reverse an Obama era law and will now allow elephant hunters to enter the US with their “trophies.”
To say this is a step backwards for conservation and the general humane treatment of nature is and understatement. More than that, creatures like elephants, rhinos, and sharks are being hunted to extinction for mythical herbal remedies. And now the US will pander to the spoils of the leisure class.
Years ago @bonetiredmama and I spent time at the @dswt in Kenya, photographing orphaned elephants. Young calves abandoned after their mothers were killed by poachers and hunters. Young elephants can quite literally die from depression and sadness, and caretakers must stay with these mourning babies for years, helping them grow, providing them a nurturing environment.

And while the US can’t stop people from hunting them in other countries, we have now given tacit approval.

Everyday we sink lower and lower.