The Sri Lankan subspecies is the largest and also the darkest of the Asian elephants, with patches of depigmentation on its ears, face, trunk and belly. Once found throughout the island, these elephants are now being pushed into smaller areas as development activities clear forests and disrupt their ancient migratory routes. This image was taken at Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
Location: Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Photographer: Dave Saunders