World Elephant Day

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2021 Date12 August 2021
2022 Date12 August 2022
World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day History

World Elephant Day seeks to raise awareness about the issues affecting elephants. Elephants are targeted by poachers due to the high demand for their ivory tusks. In places like China and Hong Kong, ivory is considered a luxury item that is used to make ornaments and jewelry. It is also sometimes used to make folklore medicine. According to worldelephantday.org, about 400,000 African elephants remain as of 2019.

This observance was originated by Patricia Sims of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand. This foundation has collaborated with 100 elephant organizations globally in order to fight the extinction of elephants.

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World Elephant Day Facts

  • There are 3 different species of elephant: the African Savannah elephant, the African Forest elephant, and the Asian elephant.
  • According to wwf.org, as of 2019 only about 415,000 wild African elephants were known to still be alive in the world. As for wild Asian elephants, only 45,000 were known to be alive.
  • The saying, an elephant never forgets comes from the fact that an elephant's temporal lobe (the part of the brain associated with memory) is much larger and denser than that of people.

World Elephant Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit your local zoo. See animals from different regions and be sure to catch the elephants.
  • View upcoming events. World Elephant Day hosts events to raise awareness about elephants and spread more information about them. Find events near you or register for a virtual one.
  • Watch a nature documentary about elephants. Here are our suggestions:
    Elephant (2020)
    The Elephant Queen (2018)
    The Ivory Game (2016)

World Elephant Day References and Related Sites

worldelephantday.org: Origin
www.wwf.org.uk: Facts about Elephants

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