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India is one of my favorite countries in the world. It is a cultural and geographic wonder and the Andaman Islands are no exception. The Andaman Archipelago has more than 300 islands. The rain forests on these islands contain some 200 species of trees. With this incredible natural resource it’s not surprising that logging in the archipelago was prevalent in the 1970s through the 1990s.

In the 1970s, this elephant and a handful of others were brought to the islands as youngsters to work with logging companies. They spent the next 30 years hauling giant trees through the jungles. The logging companies had no way of transporting the elephants to the next islands, so the elephants swam. When logging became banned in 2002, the elephants were out of a job. This is the last remaining elephant of the group. He has been living out his days on one of the islands and lives among the giant trees he used to haul. 
Reblogged from National Geographic