It is World Elephant Day

And to celebrate we suggest you see and share these…

Stunning Pictures of Elephants

(view the album by clicking arrows on the top photo)

Since 2012, August 12 has been celebrated as World Elephant Day, a time to honor the big, intelligent animals and reflect on their plight.

“The elephant is loved, revered, and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature,” says the official website for the day, which was created by Canadian conservationist Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand.

 

More than a hundred organizations around the world celebrate World Elephant Day with events and media campaigns, which have involved millions of people.

 

Elephants and their ancestors once roamed much of the Earth, but wild populations are now confined to decreasing swaths of land in Africa and Asia. Hunted mercilessly for their prized ivory tusks, they are under threat in most of their range from poaching, habitat loss, and human encroachment and are listed as threatened by the IUCN. (Read: Who Buys Ivory? You’d Be Surprised.)


 

2 Comments

  1. It’s also interesting & undoubtedly sad that the issue of poaching still continues today. Back in the early 90s I was reading a National Geographic magazine about elephants being slaughtered for their ivory — all this time has passed & no change. My passion for elephants & concern to help them (& other animals) via awareness, opened another door which led into the animal rights sector which has ultimately become a major part of my life.

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