Across Africa, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes by ivory poachers, making each new birth a celebration and giving hope to halt the steep population decline that threatens the species.
But with 99 percent of births occurring at night and herds being protective of their new young, it's not until the little bundles of joy are spotted, often days later, that celebrations can begin.
That made baby elephant Emma's birth just before Christmas even more incredible, taking place in broad daylight at our David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Reintegration Centre among her mother's former human family. New mum, elephant Emily, was the star of a CBS "60 Minutes" episode, which followed her journey from orphaned elephant through her reintegration back into the wild. In incredibly rare footage, we were able to capture the birth, as well as the moment the tiny baby, who we have since named Emma, took her very first wobbly steps.