Bull elephants in Tarangirie

Elephants are extremely intelligent animals and have memories that span many years. They form deep family bonds and can easily display signs of grief, joy, anger and play. The males leave the family unit between the ages of 12 to 15 years, living with other males or alone.

New government census from Tanzania revealed that the elephant population has declined by 60% in just five years – between 2009 and 2014 the number dropped from 109,051 to 43,330.

Much more must be done to protect these intelligent and beautiful creatures who live in our vicinity such as in Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Tarangirie, where this photo is taken by Anna Elisabet.