As recently as 1970, African bush elephants numbered upward of 300,000. The ivory trade and illegal poaching dropped that number to an alarming 10,000 by the mid '80s. With heightened government protection and bans on ivory exports, African elephant populations are rapidly on the rise again. While observing a few adolescent females, this big boy came out of the bush and headed straight toward our truck. We gently put it in Reverse and backed away until he lost interest in us.