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Elephants are known for their incredible memory — humans, on the other hand, rarely take the time to remember them. But elephants desperately need our attention. These animals are facing dire situations in the wild that are too often ignored.

Over the last decade, elephant populations have dropped more than 60% worldwide. It’s estimated that around 100 African elephants are illegally killed every day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. Due to the demand, only about 400,000 African elephants remain alive today. But Asian elephants are even more rare, with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide.

These photos prove just why elephants are worth remembering, far beyond a single holiday.

African elephants visit a watering hole.




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