"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.
Poachers sell the horns for various purposes.
The hours-long ordeal ended in a joyful moment between the villagers and the mother.
Elephants are self-aware, autonomous beings capable of expressing empathy towards others—traits that make them "legal persons," according to the Nonhuman Rights Project.
A mother elephant and her calf escaping a fire-throwing mob is now an award-winning photo.
The Duke of Cambridge said new ideas were needed on how to manage water resources and the grazing of animals.
A new study tracking the movement of the mammals to detect risk of poaching may help save the lives of elephants.
Poison is becoming the weapon of choice for poachers in Zimbabwe, where the elephant population has fallen by 10,000 in the past decade.