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World Elephant Day: Photos of the majestic animal

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
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A young elephant tries to steal some food from an adult elephant at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on April 17, 2014.

A wild elephant bathes near the boundary of
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A wild elephant bathes near the boundary of a wildlife sanctuary in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka on March 29, 2014.

A three-week-old elephant at Ostrava's zoo in the
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A three-week-old elephant at Ostrava's zoo in the Czech Republic on February 26, 2014.

A young elephant eats part of a Christmas
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A young elephant eats part of a Christmas tree at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on January 7, 2014.

An elephant grazes near an electric fence marking
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An elephant grazes near an electric fence marking the boundary of a wildlife sanctuary in Udawalawe in Sri Lanka on November 23, 2013.

A rarely-seen single-tusk elephant in Kaziranga National Park
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A rarely-seen single-tusk elephant in Kaziranga National Park in India on October 31, 2013.

An elephant in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania
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An elephant in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania on October 14, 2013.

Elephants and calfs walk across the plain in
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Elephants and calfs walk across the plain in Amboseli National Park near Nairobi on October 8, 2013.

A bull elephant walks in Amboseli National Park
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A bull elephant walks in Amboseli National Park near Nairobi on October 7, 2013.

Elephants eat pumpkins and other vegetables in their
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Elephants eat pumpkins and other vegetables in their enclosure of the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on September 26, 2013.

An elephant in the Amboseli game reserve near
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An elephant in the Amboseli game reserve near Nairobi.

The right eye of an Asian elephant at
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The right eye of an Asian elephant at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on August 7, 2013.

An Asian elephant takes a bath in his
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An Asian elephant takes a bath in his enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on August 7, 2013.

Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination
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Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, takes his first steps on August 6, 2012.

A young elephant plays in the snow on
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A young elephant plays in the snow on December 13, 2012 at the zoo in Berlin.

An elephant sprays sand at the zoo in
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An elephant sprays sand at the zoo in Kiev on July 14, 2012.

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