On a foreign excursion in Africa to draw attention to animal poaching, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.) and his convoy were charged by a herd of elephants, according to ABC News.


Flake and his crew were visiting Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia last week to see firsthand the effect of wildlife trafficking and on one occasion got too close to several elephants protecting their young.

The elephants were captured on video charging the caravan, flaring their ears and trumpeting to scare the intruders away.

Flake, chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, and Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate committee approves 0 million for state election security efforts Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity Bill to return B in unredeemed bonds advances MORE (D-Del.) penned an op-ed for CNN highlighting the poaching criminal enterprise.

“During our visit to Kenya, we saw the devastating impact of wildlife trafficking on some of the most iconic animals in some of the most beautiful places on Earth,” Coons and Flake wrote. 

They were accompanied on the trip by Sens. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBiden has a lot at stake in first debate The Hill's Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Trump praises Thad Cochran: 'A real senator with incredible values' MORE (R-Miss.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSunday shows - Trump's Ukraine call, Iran dominate Democratic senator: Pulling out of nuclear deal 'isolated the United States rather than isolating Iran' Senate confirms two Treasury nominees over Democratic objections MORE (D-Md.), and Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPelosi: Whistleblower complaint 'must be addressed immediately' White House officials, Giuliani come to Trump's defense on Ukraine allegations Sunday shows - Trump's Ukraine call, Iran dominate MORE (D-Calif.).