As much as scientists know about elephants, there is still so much to learn. As research continues, scientists are discovering more and more how similar elephants are to humans. As the article below states, they show a “parallel evolution with humans.” They are very sociable and family-oriented. The wisdom of older elephants is passed down to the young. They are incredibly protective of their young. They use tools to solve problems. They grieve their dead… Further understanding of elephants not only brings us scientific clarity, but it helps us figure out ways to preserve them. All of us elephant-lovers know that time is critical for the survival of this magnificent species. Major strides have to be put into their survival now or else we risk the next generations only seeing them in picture books.

Read this article to find out more:
In Praise of Pachyderms: Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans. 
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21723394-biology-and-conservation-elephants-conserve-elephants-they-hold