World Elephant Day
Today is World Elephant day. On August 12 every year is World Elephant Day. The day brings people together to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face all over the world.
The World Elephant Day mission is to spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.
The year 2012 was the first year for the campaign and in the tradition of Earth Day, we hope that it will grow as a grassroots, word-of-mouth initiative. World Elephant Day was co-founded by Canadian filmmaker and elephant advocate Patricia Sims, and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. Our outreach centres around internet awareness campaigns designed to get the word out about what is happening to the world’s elephants – and by bringing people together around the complex issues affecting elephants. Poaching, human-elephant conflict, habitat loss, exploitation and abuse are all underpinned by social, political, economic and environmental realities in the countries where elephants reside – in captivity or in the wild. Our intention is that with enough people and organizations signing on to the WED initiative, it will become a powerful lobby force that can be utilized in any country where issues of illegal wildlife trade, management of protected wildlife sanctuaries, wildlife corridors, and human-wildlife conflict mitigation are being addressed with positive solutions.
In light of this great holiday we wanted to post a couple links we found today showing how amazing and special Elephants are.