Co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 49th year and recently announced the winners. Depicting the candid beauty and often harsh reality of nature, the images serve to raise awareness and appreciation of our surroundings.
Zoos are not the only place where the treatment of elephants has been of concern for animal activist groups. Elephants are regularly used as a tourist attraction in Asia, and elephant riding is considered a “must” when visiting Thailand. In addition to providing rides, elephants are often used to perform circus tricks, paint pictures, or give massages. It’s a contentious issue.
Polish businessman identified only as Waldermar I. (Polish law dictates that his last name not be released) was about to fulfill a life long dream: hunt and kill a wild elephant in the African countryside. But, things didn’t work out as planned. After being met in Harare by employees of Mopani Safaris company he soon discovered that there were no elephants to be found.