Elephants get their own page because they are my favorites! The largest land mammal and one of the most socially sophisticated animals in the world is under threat due to poaching and human-wildlife conflict. Elephants have emotions, empathy, extraordinary memories and numerous ways to communicate with each other. But demand for their ivory has decimated many populations in the last decade. Recent moves by many governents to ban ivory markets within their borders is a positive sign. But more global cooperation is necessary to maintain forward progress.