An African elephant has finally reunited with her daughter after being separated for more than a decade, and the photos prove that an elephant never forgets.
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African elephants truly are an incredible species.
via: Getty ImagesWith deep family roots and strong emotional bonds, they are far more superior than we give them credit for.
They are incredibly sociable animals.
via: Getty ImagesThese elephants are usually spotted in groups of around 6 or 7 females, and they are known to join other groups of elephants to form a larger group.
This elephant is an important cultural symbol...
via: Getty ImagesAnd they are very much loved and respected all across the continent.
But sadly, this isn't always the case.
via: GettyAs a result of human activity, the African elephant is now listed as vulnerable by WWF.
There are two major factors that can be credited to these devastating numbers...
via: GettyThe first is poaching - Like the Asian elephant, African elephants are relentlessly poached for their ivory tusks.
And the second is the destruction of their natural habitat.
via: GettyAs urbanization, industrial development, and agricultural expansion increase, African elephants’ habitats are shrinking rapidly.
And the ones who have survived our destruction?
via: GettyWell, captivity is the only answer.
Around 15,000-20,000 African elephants are currently living in captivity...
via: GettyAnd it's all thanks to our impact on their habitats.
Sadly, a lot of these elephants in captivity suffer tremendously.
via: GettyElephants are usually at the top of a tourist's list, and locals have been cashing in on the exploitation of these animals for decades now.
Sadly a lot of Elephants are forced to perform.
via: GettyThese elephants are trained and often beaten into submission, which slowly chips away at their souls and characters.
However, not all captive environments are so cruel.
via: GettyThere are so many national parks and zoos that provide these elephants with the environment and care that they deserve.