500 Elephants Knocked Out and Relocated to Sanctuary in Malawi

In a massive effort to relocate 500 elephants, conservationists in helicopters shot tranquilizer darts at African elephants in Malawi, then transferred them 185 miles, on average, by truck and crane to a sanctuary. Here's a peek into that process.

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An elephant is lifted by a crane in an upside down position in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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A veterinarian checks the health of a baby elephant in Lilongwe, Malawi, after being immobilized by darts fired from a helicopter, in the first step of an assisted migration of 500 of the threatened species, July 12, 2016.
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A truck transports immobilized elephants in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Elephants lay immobilized in a truck in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Elephants are tied ready for transportation, in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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An elephant is shot with a dart from a helicopter in Lilongwe, Malawi, in the first step of an assisted migration of 500 of the threatened species, July 12, 2016.
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An elephant is lifted by a crane in an upside down position in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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African elephants lay on a riverside plain in Lilongwe, Malawi, after being immobilized by darts fired from a helicopter.
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An elephant is lifted by a crane in an upside down position in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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An elephant is measured after being shot by a dart in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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