7 Amazing Images of Elephants to Start Your Weekend

In the spirit of our new weekly advice column, “The Elephant in the Room,” we thought we’d give you a nice visual to start your weekend with. Beautiful, powerful, moving, and just plain adorable, these images are guaranteed to make an impression on your heart.

There are roughly 450,000  to 700,000 African elephants and 35,000 to 40,000 Asian elephants in the world today. These numbers have drastically reduced since the turn of the 20th century, though, due to poaching, climate change, and habitat loss. Majestic and highly intelligent, elephants live in matriarchal herds and can communicate with one another even over vast distances. They are the “big friendly giants” of the animal kingdom, and certainly worthy of praise.

Have a great weekend!