Photo of the Day 28 May 2008

Elephant Musicians, Lampang, Thailand, 2005
Photograph by William Albert Allard

Elephants explore their creative side with super-sized musical instruments, including this custom-made xylophone, at the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand. Elephant handlers called mahouts encourage the animals to play by moving their arms, but the symphonic pachyderms select the notes and rhythms on their own.