Happy World Elephant Day! Today marks a worldwide effort to raising awareness about the preservation and protection for elephants. To celebrate the presence of these majestic, gentle creatures in the world, take a look at these 29 cute calves captured on camera by 500px photographers. Scroll down, and we hope these photos will perk up your day!

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Many elephant populations are threatened by human activities, mainly to the demand of the ivory trade as they are poached for their ivory tusks, or captured to be used as working animals in circuses, zoos, and war. To get more info on elephant protection and preservation efforts, visit WorldElephantDay.org.