Protection of African elephants is a high-profile conservation cause in many countries. In 1989 and 2016, the Kenyan Wildlife Service burned a stockpile of tusks in protest against the ivory trade. However, African elephant populations are still being devastated by poaching despite nominal governmental protection, and some nations permit the hunting of elephants for sport. In 2012, The New York Times reported a large upsurge in ivory poaching, with about 70% of the product flowing to China. This continues despite new laws in China to restrict trade. The white elephant was taken in Etosha, Namibia. The white dust from the salt pan gave the elephant its majestic “white” presence in the late afternoon whilst the light was at its best.
Nikon D5; AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 mm f/2.8E FL ED lens at 70mm; 1/250 sec at f8; ISO 500.