ENDANGERED: Fine Art & Photography Contest 2019 Submission
Increased demand for ivory in Asia in recent years has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants, leaving countless calves orphaned. These are two of the few lucky ones which were rescued and brought to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Here they are cared for and given a second opportunity at life and freedom. These two calves, under six months of age, will eventually be reintroduced into the wild. This is a long process that can take ten years or longer before they become fully independent. The blankets are for warmth and protection from the sun. The calves will no longer need them around age two.
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