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The right way to view and be pictured with elephants — with them in the wild and at a distance

The 'Wildlife Selfie Code' Helps You Take Great Pics Without Harming Animals

By Ethan Gelber

People love posing in pictures with animals. Some prefer the cute, cuddly, domesticated kind; others the larger and deadlier ones.

In recent times, however, a critical mass of animal welfare organizations and activists has been calling attention to the impact of such photography on the animal participants. Very often, there is significantly more animal discomfort — including cruelty and suffering that damages conservation efforts — than meets the casual observer's viewfinder.

While wildlife viewing practices have certainly improved over the last few years, local and international organizations like World Animal Protection have pushed for even greater awareness of and better behaviors around animals.