African bush elephants in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve. Fueled by the demand for bushmeat and ivory, decades of poaching have decimated an extraordinary mix of species.
(Photo by Michael Jansen) Photo used under CC BY
Pilgrims on the way to Mecca spend the afternoon in Arafat on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. Failure to be present in the plain of Arafat on the required day invalidates the pilgrimage. The Hajj begins August 19.
(Photo by Omar Chatriwala of Al Jazeera English) Photo used under CC BY