Today, Wednesday 12th August, is World Elephant Day, and what better excuse to share a few images of these remarkable creatures?
In 2008 I spent 3 days working alongside retired working elephants with Elephantstay at the Royal Elephant Kraal & Village in Ayutthaya, Thailand.
This non-profit organisation is dedicated to conserving elephants, many of whom now find themselves unable to work due to the ban on logging. Many of these animals have worked for 20 or more years, now, unable to earn their keep, their retirement is financed through people staying in the village and having the opportunity to feed and look after these wonderful animals.
With over 90 elephants, ranging in age from just a few months old to over 80, it is a busy place.
I have also been fortunate enough to visit Southern Africa several times on safari, where I have experienced many encounters with elephants, ranging from single bulls through to herds of over 50 animals.
Seeing these stunning creatures in their natural habitat is unforgettable, and it saddens me that in this day and age such a beautiful creature is still so affected by poaching.