When is World Elephant Day?

On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. Although the elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, it is nevertheless on the list of endangered species.

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organisations are focusing on around the world.

Supported by over 65 wildlife organisations and many individuals in countries across the globe, World Elephant Day is a timely reminder for us to try to refrain from exploitation of these gentle giants.

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