Elephant Breakdown by Michael Pollan
I found this article to be really depressing.
Pollan extensively talks about how elephant society is breaking down because of human intervention such as poaching. Elephant societies are intricate, and the slaughtering of a mother causes vast psychological pain to her offspring. With the detailed web of kinship, any fracture to it is detrimental. Pollan did well explaining the ways that human intervention is causing a problem with elephant kinship, which in turn is leading to elephant outburst and harm to human society.
Perhaps a weakness to this article is that it is rather lengthy. For a New York Times article, I feel that the readers are looking for a more concise expose as opposed to a long and detailed article.