In April, a herd of 15 elephants in China glided more than 800 miles from Pu’an city to Kunming city in June, attracting many fans along the way.
The herd of cows, which officials say have eventually reached a protected habitat in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, have migrated in search of food and shelter, although no one knows exactly. where will they go? Based on ReutersState protection efforts have doubled the number of wild elephants in China’s Xishuangbanna state since 1978. The ban on hunting has also made elephants more willing to join the human community.
More than 150,000 people have been evacuated from homes on the elephants’ path, but the animals have become local darlings as fans watch their progress. For this World Elephant Day 12 August, we take a look at some of the highlights of their journey.