By John Ingham
This baby elephant playing happily in the sun is one of the latest victims of a poaching epidemic sweeping across Africa.
He and the other calves may look carefree but they are all orphans, their mothers killed for their tusks to supply the illegal ivory trade.
The youngsters have been given a chance of survival by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
Set up by a former British Army officer, it is caring for a record 60 elephant calves.
Still dependent on their mothers’ milk, they would have had no chance alone in the wild.
Poaching in the area is out of control as demand for ivory in the Far East soars. The latest arrival at the orphanage near Nairobi is Tundani, a lone male rescued by one of the trust’s spotter planes.
He is being hand-reared and will in time be returned to the wild.
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, co-founder of the trust, said: “With the help of our keepers and the love of the other orphaned elephants at the nursery, Tundani now has a second chance.
“This is not the first time we have rescued a young elephant and sadly we know it won’t be the last.
“With up to 35,000 killed every year by ivory poachers, elephants are dying in droves daily.”