They are the most giant, most extraordinary animals on earth and some of the most persecuted.
Now, a photographer, Eroll Fuller, has stitched together stunning photographs of African and Asian elephants in his new book Elephants, taken by international photographers who have travelled to the regions to capture friendly giant elephants in their natural habitat.
The literary work of photography documents the daily lives of elephants and details their evolution and place in the world’s culture and history.
The book includes adorable pictures of elephants playing with their calves and many photos of giant elephants bathing in muddy rivers.
A scarce white elephant is also featured, while the book discusses the mistreatment and po.ach.ing of these animals for their tusks.
There are between 450,000 and 700,000 African elephants in the wild, compared with several million at the beginning of the 20th century. While there are between 35,000 and 40,000 Asian Elephants in the wild.
Here Femail reveals some of the best images of the book.