1. of 4. Elephants - Poachers poison watering holes with cyanide, killing 41 African elephants! Armed with guns and machetes, poachers have managed to decimate Africa's wild elephant populations, felling one of these iconic animals every 15 minutes. But as if those weapons weren't destructive enough, poachers have now turned to a far more indiscriminate tool to kill elephants -- poison. Stephen Messenger Treehugger
Taking wildlife photos takes a lot of patience, talent and knowledge of this type of photography. Marina Cano is an extraordinary nature photographer who traveled in different countries to take amazing wildlife photos for animals in their homeland.
Awesome way to stay cool - Young elephants at the Amboseli game reserve, Kenya. The year 2012 was the annus horriblis (year of horrors) for elephants, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Around 34 tonnes of poached ivory was seized - the biggest ever total of confiscated ivory in a single year, a rise of almost 40% in 2011 that had a record of 24.3 tonnes. - Refuse to buy ivory, boycott the circus, encourage zoos to provide natural habitat!