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Picture from the early 20th century of caretakers posing with two elephants in a river in Sri Lanka
March 31, 2021

Family Elephants

Mahouts pose with their elephants in the Mahaweli River in Sri Lanka—known as Ceylon when this picture was published in March 1921. To work as a mahout—a caretaker and trainer of elephants—is often a family tradition, but in recent years the practice has been met with controversy.
Photograph by Helen Messinger Murdoch, Nat Geo Image Collection

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