Jaipur, India 2017


Over a hundred elephants march up and down Amber Fort everyday carrying tourists. Animal welfare organizations have urged India’s tourism ministry to ban elephant rides. 


Asian elephants, seen as the embodiment of Lord Ganesh, are captured from the wild or resold from Circuses and undergo a barbaric training process called ‘the crush’ whereby they are beaten and starved into submission by their handlers. 


Amer Fort's elephants have multiple health problems including blindness, back pain, foot injuries, severe malnourishment and heat exhaustion. The wild Asian elephant population has decreased by 50 percent in the last 75 years as the monetary value has overtaken their cultural and religious significance.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

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An Asian elephant stands to face her Mahout [Elephant Keeper] at Amer Fort in Jaipur, India.

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Eye to Eye

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Elephant Owner's Development Society, Jaipur

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A Mahout (elephant rider) calls to his elephant at the main entrance to Amer fort. 

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Eye to Eye 

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A mahout’s daughter with vitiligo stands beside her family's elephant in Jaipur, India

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Over a hundred elephants march up and down Amber Fort everyday carrying tourists.

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A Mahout (Elephant Keeper) stands beside his elephant in Jaipur, India.

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Amer Fort's elephants have multiple health problems including blindness, back pain, foot injuries, severe malnourishment and heat exhaustion.

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An illegally bred Asian elephant stands inside her Mahout's home. Hidden from sight, she is one of many in line to be trained and used for tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur, India.

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A mahout's son hangs off his family's elephant on the outskirts of Jaipur.

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Over a hundred elephants march up and down Amber Fort everyday carrying tourists.

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