Tintype, 1890's. I don't think I've ever seen a prop elephant in a tintype photo before... let alone a girl sitting on top of the elephant holding a rifle - on a beach! I think it's awesome.
Update: Flickr member photo_history seems to have found the photographer, whose advertisement mentions this prop elephant, as well as the donkey, and other fun props.
Click here to view the advertisement!
(Note to self: this tintype deserves to a good rescanning...)