'Hunting for the Tusks', c 1845.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Vignette from a lithographic plate showing two men, one on horseback, attacking an elephant. Elephants are hunted for the ivory tusks which grow continually throughout their lives. Ivory is one of the most durable materials known to man and, being easy to carve and polish, has long been considered a valuable commodity. Thousands of years of poaching has made the elephant an endangered species. Taken from 'The Elephant' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - showing their utility to man in their services during life, and uses after death' (1845), illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas and published by Thomas Varty. Printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day and Haghe.