Confrontations between elephants and humans can quickly turn violent in Sumatra, where competition for space has intensified as the island forests have been rapidly cleared for timber and farming. Nearly 70 percent of the Sumatran elephants’ habitat has been destroyed in a single generation, says conservation group WWF, driving them into ever-closer contact with humans.
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Arabian Oryx are seen at the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Um al-Zamool, near the United Arab Emirates’ border with Saudi Arabia on March 23, 2017. The sanctuary stretches over an estimated area of 8,900 square kilometers and currently hosts nearly 155 of the species, which were reintroduced into the its natural habitat in the UAE in a five-year conservation plan launched by UAE’s late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, after fears of their extinction.
Experts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York just spent 16 years sprucing up its super-size wall hangings with a labor-intensive process that uses dental probes, tweezers and other tools. Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to enjoy the fruits of its labors. An exhibit called “The Barberini Tapestries, Scenes from the Life of Christ” runs through June 25.
The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu, 81, recently opened her exhibition in Johannesburg at the Melrose Gallery, where her series of artwork inspired by Nelson Mandela was unveiled on March 1. The artist has produced six paintings reproduced from drawings created by Mandela in her signature Ndebele style. The exhibition will include previous work by Mahlangu.
Indian Hindu devotees celebrate Holi, the spring festival of colors, during a traditional gathering at Nandgaon village in Uttar Pradesh state on March 7, 2017. Holi is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month, and will be celebrated on March 13 this year.