August 12 is World Elephant Day. The largest land mammal on Earth is threatened by an illegal but thriving ivory trade. Tip your hat to these social, intelligent animals with a look at some amazing photos and visit www.worldwildlife.org for more information on how you can help.
A young elephant tries to steal some food
A young elephant tries to steal some food from an adult elephant at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on April 17, 2014. (Credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)
A wild elephant bathes near the boundary of
A wild elephant bathes near the boundary of a wildlife sanctuary in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka on March 29, 2014. (Credit: Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP/Getty Images)
A three-week-old elephant at Ostrava's zoo in the
A three-week-old elephant at Ostrava's zoo in the Czech Republic on February 26, 2014. (Credit: Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images)

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A young elephant eats part of a Christmas
A young elephant eats part of a Christmas tree at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on January 7, 2014. (Credit: Stephanie Pilick/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant grazes near an electric fence marking
An elephant grazes near an electric fence marking the boundary of a wildlife sanctuary in Udawalawe in Sri Lanka on November 23, 2013. (Credit: Ishara S.Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
A rarely-seen single-tusk elephant in Kaziranga National Park
A rarely-seen single-tusk elephant in Kaziranga National Park in India on October 31, 2013. (Credit: Strdel/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania
An elephant in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania on October 14, 2013. (Credit: Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)
Elephants and calfs walk across the plain in
Elephants and calfs walk across the plain in Amboseli National Park near Nairobi on October 8, 2013. (Credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

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A bull elephant walks in Amboseli National Park
A bull elephant walks in Amboseli National Park near Nairobi on October 7, 2013. (Credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)
Elephants eat pumpkins and other vegetables in their
Elephants eat pumpkins and other vegetables in their enclosure of the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on September 26, 2013. (Credit: Christian Charisius/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant in the Amboseli game reserve near
An elephant in the Amboseli game reserve near Nairobi. (Credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)
The right eye of an Asian elephant at
The right eye of an Asian elephant at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on August 7, 2013. (Credit: Peter Endig/AFP/Getty Images)
An Asian elephant takes a bath in his
An Asian elephant takes a bath in his enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on August 7, 2013. (Credit: Peter Endig/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination
Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, takes his first steps on August 6, 2012. (Credit: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images)
A young elephant plays in the snow on
A young elephant plays in the snow on December 13, 2012 at the zoo in Berlin. (Credit: Tim Brakemeier/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant sprays sand at the zoo in
An elephant sprays sand at the zoo in Kiev on July 14, 2012. (Credit: Genya Savilov/AFP/GettyImages)