One of the most magnificent creatures I have seen in nature is the African Elephant. Today on World Elephant Day I want to share some of my favorite pictures and honor these beautiful animals that need our protection and preservation in order to survive. I feel very fortunate to have been able to see elephants in their natural habitat, roaming through the dry brush of Botswana to the deep green grass of the Madikwe Game Reserve, wading through water holes in Kruger National Park, and babies playing without a care while their mothers forage for food. There is no more a peaceful event than sitting still in an open jeep while a herd of over 50 elephants pass by on a feeding mission within a few feet on either side of you. You can barely hear a sound other than the cracking of trees as they steam roll through the vegetation, the flapping of their ears to cool themselves, and the occasional snorting or trumpeting. During times of stress I will dream of these experiences I had with the beauty and peacefulness of the African Elephant. God bless and protect you African Elephant so that many others may have you in their lives someday and forever.