1998 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Jim Leachman

Smithsonian Magazine / Terre Sauvage

01 January, 1997

An elephant rescued from a mudhole two weeks after it was born relaxes with his keeper. At this rehabilitation center, a trained staff of eight are looking after orphan elephants hoping to release them back into the wild - though this may take some years. The animals develop a strong bond with their keepers, who take care of them 24 hours a day.

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Jim Leachman

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