17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

An aerial view of an African elephant poached for ivory in northern Botswana. Poachers used a chainsaw to cut off the trunk and tusks, just 20 minutes away from a nearby camp. Poaching in Botswana is increasing rapidly, with an estimated increase of carcasses by 593% in the northern parts of the country from 2014 to 2018.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 06.2019
Photo Location: Okavango Delta area, Botswana
Camera: FC220
Copyright: © Justin Sullivan
Photo of the Day: 06.18.19
Editor's Pick