Elephants are some of the most graceful and mesmerising animals to watch in the wild. They wave their wandering trunks with surprising control and their leathery, wrinkled skin gives them an air of aged wisdom. But these beautiful beasts are fast in decline: every 15 minutes an elephant is killed by ivory poachers, totalling over 30,000 per year. Today, more elephants are being killed than born; this means that the current poaching rates will make the African elephant extinct by 2036.

These heartbreaking statistics have inspired new coffee table book Remembering Elephants, a joint venture between 65 of the world's top wildlife photographers to help raise awareness for the preservation of this majestic species. Below, we've published 15 of the most striking images from the book.

© Ross Couper© Daryl Balfour/Remembering Elephants

© Will Burrard Lucas© Will Burrard/Remembering Elephants

© Stev Anne Toon© Steve & Ann Toon/Remembering Elephants

© Shem Compion© Shem Compion/Remembering Elephants

Elephant at sunset© Paul Goldstein/Remembering Elephants

Elephant on two feet© Morkel Erasmus/Remembering Elephants

Elephant tusk© M'Rio/Shutterstock

Elephant eyelash© Margot Raggett/Remembering Elephants

Ivory burning© Jonathan Scott / Remembering Elephants

Heinrich_Neumeyer_Elephant crossing the Mkuze River at Amakhosi Safari Lodge copy 2© Henrich Neumeyer/Remembering Elephants

Elephants at watering hole© Greg du Toit/Remembering Elephants

Elephants on plains of Africa© George Logan/Remembering Elephants

Herd of elephants at Amboseli National Park, KenyaHerd of elephants at Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock

African elephant birth© Daryl Balfour/Remembering Elephants

lion elephant dead zimbabwe© Michael Wick/Shutterstock

Remembering Elephants is now available to order through Born FreeAll proceeds from book sales of Remembering Elephants will go to fighting poaching. The team behind the book is also running an exhibition of the images at La Galleria Pall Mall in London from September 19–October 1 2016. 

Top image: ©  Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock

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