The 'Diamonds' singer didn't seem at all fazed as she approached the animal, which belongs to the largest living group of mammals in the world.
The 25-year-old is captured stroking an elephant's distinctive trunk while on a safari trip. In the striking photo posted to Instagram last night (17 October), Rihanna said: "Mama Africa #safari."
Rihanna, who is wearing a long-sleeve black top, jeans and Timberland boots, is leaning in on the elephant and is posing with a pout.
The superstar is currently on her mammoth 'Diamonds World Tour' but clearly this trip is proving to be a real eye-opener for her.
This week alone, Rihanna fed a giraffe, cuddled a lion cub and squared off to a penguin!
Watch Rihanna's video for 'Pour It Up' below: