April 22, 2017
It began with a prayer; a collective plea for safety and good luck. A group of conservationists from Save the Elephants (STE) readied themselves to tranquilize a 12,000-lb. elephant from a helicopter. It’s a tense experience requiring focus, teamwork, and cool heads. Once the elephant was darted and unconscious, the team—highly experienced, but still full of adrenaline—raced to the sleeping giant, slipped a large monitoring collar around her neck, then slowly revived her (while quickly getting out of her way).