The exploitation of Jumbo in the 19th century is, perhaps, where our fascination with elephants began. Elephants were put on display for our amusement, in unnatural habitats, doing unnatural things. Jumbo died an awful death in a railway accident. Now the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the use of elephants. Somewhere Jumbo is smiling.
And now if we could halt the illegal trade in ivory that has killed off hundreds of these beautiful animals.