Haunting Image Spreads Awareness of Ivory Consequences

Famous basketball player Yao Ming teamed up with photographer Kristian Schmidt to raise awareness of the threats facing rhinos and elephants as a result of demand for ivory and rhino horn, particularly in China. With this haunting and breathtaking image, they are hoping to reduce the demand on illegal poaching and ivory sales.

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Yao Ming stands over the body of a poached elephant in Namunyak, Northern Kenya

And indeed it may be working, this image has already gone viral and been seen hundreds of thousands of people.

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