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World Elephant Day 2016: 20 Beautiful Photos Of These Majestic Animals

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They are beautiful creatures who just happen to be the largest mammals on Earth, but elephants around the world are still at risk of extinction.

Because of continued poaching, destruction of habitat and animal abuse, World Elephant Day (WED) was created by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand to continue to raise awareness of some of the biggest threats to these mammals today.

On Friday, Sims released a documentary titled "When Elephants Were Young," where she follows a man and his elephant who beg on the streets of Bangkok. The documentary also explores the relationship between elephants and humans — and to see if these mammals can actually live in a human world peacefully.

But what can you do to help elephants in Asia and Africa? Besides spreading awareness in your own social communities, WED notes you can donate to an organization or hold a screening of Sims' documentary as a fundraiser.

In the meantime, share your love for elephants by sharing some of these stunning photos below:

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    Baby elephant has a swim at Melbourne Zoo in the hot summer heat on March 31, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia.
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    Nandgopal, 8, and Lavindya, 4, asleep next to Giri, an orphaned elephant calf who was rescued from Javalagiri Range of Hosur Forest Division in southern India, on April 26, 2010, in Chennai, India. These adorable youngsters have found unlikely friends in orphaned elephant calves.
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    A five-day-old Asian elephant calf helps his aunty to raise her foot for the keeper at the Melbourne Zoo, on September 15, 2010.
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    Tourists visiting Kenya watch the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage Feb. 12, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya.
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    The three-day-old as yet unnamed baby elephant plays with his mother 'Pori' in their enclosure at the Zoological Garden (Tierpark) Berlin on May 23, 2007, in Berlin, Germany.
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    In this picture taken March 11, 2007, two baby elephants walk at the edge of a water hole at the Udawalawe National Park,some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Colombo.
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    An Indian mahout hands a half loaf of bread to a baby elephant at The Assam State Zoo in Guhawati, Oct. 4, 2006, during World Animal Day.
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    British tourist Nicki Kelk gets her hat taken off her head by a baby elephant at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center July 14, 2006 in Lampang, Thailand.
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    Orphan baby elephants play on June 22, 2015, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, a Kenyan wildlife conservation charity.
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    This picture taken on August 12, 2014, during World Elephant Day, shows orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, at the Nairobi National Park.
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    Three-month-old baby pygmy elephant 'Joe' reacts inside a temporary holding cage at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia's Sabah state on Feb. 6, 2013.
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    Elephant with baby in Kenya.
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    An elephant looks on at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela on June 10, 2012.
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    A handler washes an elephant in a river at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela on June 10, 2012.
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    Asian elephants take a bath in a pool at the zoo in Hanover, northern Germany, on April 27, 2012.
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    The elephants all walk in a line as they return to their huts for the evening in Nairobi.
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    A mahout from the Pinnawela elephant orphanage wrangles a crowd of elephants as they take their afternoon bath in a river near the facility.
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    Young elephants playing in Kenya.
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    Elephant Nelly plays with a ball, as an "animal oracle" to predict results of the Germany vs Ukraine match at Euro 2016, in the "Safari Park" in Hodenhagen, Germany.
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    An elephant holds some leaves in his trunk on July 6, 2016, at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany.