African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the international union (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Other threats to wild elephants include habitat and conflicts with local people. Elephants are used as working animals in Asia. In the past they were used in war; today, they are often put on display in zoos and circuses. Elephants are highly recognizable and have been featured in art, folklore, religion, literature and popular culture.
The Endangered giant otter ranges across north-central South America; it lives mostly in and along the Amazon River and in the Pantanal. The animal faces a variety of critical threats. Poaching has long been a problem; other threats to the giant otter include conflict with fishermen, who often view the species as a nuisance.