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No Water, Forced to Roam

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Climate change is forcing more animals on the move. This is one family’s journey.

In 2021, after fleeing their homes in the forests of Yunnan, a family of endangered wild elephants captivated millions. It was a journey of unthinkable proportions, faced with many hurdles and met with absolute fatigue, and soon became the furthest-known movement of any elephants in China ever documented.

The herd strayed over 300 miles between March 2020 and September 2021, giving birth to two calves along the way, simply trying to find a new place to live. Unable to find an area to settle, the world’s largest land animals roamed further until eventually reaching frightening new territory — city limits.

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