December 23, 2013

There's Always One

Photograph by Yashani Shantha

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Elephants at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle. As of 2003, there were 65 elephants. Since the captive breeding program was launched in 1982, over 20 elephants have been born. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate the natural world. However, there are some exceptions: The elephants are taken to the river twice daily for a bath, and all the babies under three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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28 comments
Kat W
Kat W

Beautiful creatures :)

Louise Bradt
Louise Bradt

Wonderful shot. Elephants have been my favourite animals since childhood.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Bless their hearts!               How wonderful and what a photograph.

Mark Gibson
Mark Gibson

Very successful visually and as story

pala lechat
pala lechat

Angels with trunks, thank you so much for sharing this.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Elephants are possibly one of the animals that I love the most. It gladdens my heart to read this story about them.And anything done to conserve their lives,hurrah,bravo, and thank you. The pic: is really good, and yes there is always one!  j.e.s. 

TOM MARTIN
TOM MARTIN

Unfortunately, I don't have many elephants in my neighborhood.

Vivek V.
Vivek V.

Country with awesome landscapes.. 

Nileeni M.
Nileeni M.

That's my country and I'm the proud Sri Lankan. :)

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