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."
"They're here to bring color and joy, and create awareness that we can enjoy the World Cup without gambling and just cheer for the soccer players."
A genetic technique could uncover potential new treatments for diseases by studying the animal kingdom.
Clashes like this are on the rise.
The tusks were left unclaimed at the airport for more than two weeks.