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Brent Stirton

Tsavo, Kenya: While photographing some of the last great Tuskers in Kenya, I would regularly experience a group of slightly younger bull elephants who acted as a bodyguard unit to the largest tuskers. They would literally place themselves between me and the revered Tusker, essentially offering themselves as protection for him in the event that I meant to do him harm. I had no idea elephants did this until I saw it happening for myself. Poaching against elephants for their ivory has been so great that this is a system certain elephant groups have devised to protect the elephants who represent the best of themselves, the greatest DNA and knowledge. This only serves to remind us of how very human elephants can be and how much we have in common. 

BIO: Brent Stirton is a senior correspondent for Getty Images and a National Geographic Fellow. He specializes in issues relating to man's relationship to the natural world in the hope of highlighting those doing great work that deserves to be supported. 

WEBSITE: brentstirton.com
INSTAGRAM: @brentstirton
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Tsavo, Kenya: While photographing some of the last great Tuskers in Kenya, I would regularly experience a group of slightly younger bull elephants who acted as a bodyguard unit to the largest tuskers. They would literally place themselves between me and the revered Tusker, essentially offering themselves as protection for him in the event that I meant to do him harm. I had no idea elephants did this until I saw it happening for myself. Poaching against elephants for their ivory has been so great that this is a system certain elephant groups have devised to protect the elephants who represent the best of themselves, the greatest DNA and knowledge. This only serves to remind us of how very human elephants can be and how much we have in common. <br />
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BIO: Brent Stirton is a senior correspondent for Getty Images and a National Geographic Fellow. He specializes in issues relating to man's relationship to the natural world in the hope of highlighting those doing great work that deserves to be supported. <br />
<br />
WEBSITE: brentstirton.com<br />
INSTAGRAM: @brentstirton