October 10, 2012
Red Elephants, Kenya
Photograph by Brent Stirton, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
The "red elephants" of Kenya's Tsavo East National Park owe their color to the red soil, which they roll in as a dirt bath. Across Africa, sustained poaching of bulls and large females makes orphans of the young and distorts the gene pool in favor of weaker, smaller animals.
See more pictures from the October 2012 feature story "Blood Ivory."
Watch a video about the problem of ivory trafficking »