National Geographic : 2017 Aug
Above: A feel-good dirt bath is just the thing in the heat of the day. A coating of soil helps protect sensitive elephant skin by acting as both sunscreen and insect repellent. Below: Leshongoro gentles orphaned Pokot with the hand of experience: She had cared for and released five young elephants into the wild before Reteti opened last year. A mother herself, Leshongoro views these big babies as her own children.