Elephant lovers around the globe cheered on Thursday when Ringling Bros. announced that the circus giant will end its elephant act by 2018. In celebration, here are 23 amazing photographs that capture the lives of elephants in the wild.
1. This elephant running wild in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
2. This elephant calf crossing a road in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.
3. This jaunty baby elephant strutting her stuff in Arusha, Tanzania.
4. This elephant heading straight for the camera in Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka.
5. These busy elephants crossing the road in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
6. This mama elephant looking out for her herd in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
7. This elephant family trekking through the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa.
8. This little elephant hurrying by on South Africa's Eastern Cape.
9. This elephant cow staring down some humans in Namibia.
10. These elephants (and some friendly birds) headed for the watering hole in in Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka.
11. This brave calf striking out ahead of the herd in South Africa.
12. This family running by in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.
13. This elephant couple snacking on some greens in Bandipur National Park in India.
14. This young elephant going for a jog in Botswana.
15. These elephants stopping to chat with some warthogs in South Africa.
16. This family of elephants who are eager to get to the watering hole.
17. These playful elephants splashing through the water in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.
18. This trio running by in Katavi National Park in Tanzania.
19. This elephant racing by some giraffes in Lake Manyara in Tanzania.
20. This elephant making his way through the brush in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
21. This lone elephant walking in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
22. These busy elephants splashing through a river in Thailand.
23. These elephants grazing as the sun sets over the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya.