Many online are blaming those in the crowd for provoking the attack. "I wonder why it is so difficult to live and let live," said one commenter.
Salonga National Park has been on the danger list since 1999, but has now been taken off following important conservation improvements.
The group of Asian elephants made a 300-mile journey from their home on a nature preserve. Unfortunately, the elephants left significant destruction in their wake, and experts are not sure what caused the migration.
The herd that has been migrating from a wildlife reserve for over a year was seen on the outskirts of the city of Kunming this week. On Monday, residents of the area were evacuated and temporary traffic controls were put in place as multiple vehicles and 14 drones set out to monitor the elephants.
The mourning elephant and its trainer of 25 years shared a "deep relationship" that transcended species.
The 15 elephants originally came from the nature reserve in the southwest region of Yunnan, but it's unclear why they began wandering through farmland, villages and even on paved roads in urban areas.
Zookeeper Guy Kfir described the behaviour as "very normal" and said that when "they sense danger, they gather their young in the center."
A baby elephant was rescued from a deep slippery mud pit in the Southern India state of Karnataka on Wednesday. Shared by a state forest official, this rescue operation video has been seen by over a million people since then.
According to the publication The Hindu, the elephants were located in the Kandali Proposed Reserve Forest of Assam's Nagon district.
Two elephant species were reclassed by a conservation list, but Botswana plans to boost hunting this year after COVID hit last season.
Almost 300 elephants are known to have died since March, with reports of them walking in circles before falling face first to the floor.
"It is a conservation disaster—but it also has the potential to be a public health crisis," said conservationist Niall McCann.
Mara basks in the sun, both happy and exhausted, the memories of a COVID-19 quarantine and a thousand-mile journey fresh in her mind. She never forgets.
As work dries up, many owners are struggling to cover the costs of keeping an elephant. In some instances, animals have been set free to fend for themselves.
A photo of two elephants passed out after drinking too much corn wine went viral, as people celebrated the pair's passion for hooch.
New documentary "When Lambs Become Lions" follows elephant poachers and the rangers trying to stop them.
African elephant numbers have fallen dramatically as a result of poaching and other factors, such as habitat fragmentation or loss.
Here's a sneak preview: Elephants can get sunburned and often sleep standing up.
"She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony. No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume," the Save Elephant Foundation said.
Report from World Animal Protection reveals cruel practices at aquariums and zoos around the world.
Botswana has the largest elephant population on the continent and has traditionally been seen as a safe haven for the animals. However, poaching appears to be rapidly increasing.
Get up close and personal with endangered pachyderms at these ethical elephant sanctuaries.
Campaigners are calling for the zoo to be shut down.
Elephant skin is covered in an intricate network of minuscule crevices that retain water and mud, providing a number of benefits.
The zoo's resident giants were clearly anxious, but refrained from an attack.
"There is no better feeling than knowing your science is making a big difference."