World Elephant Day ‘a chance to give thanks for these magnificent animals’

World Elephant Day (WED) on August 12 is a chance for us all to pause and think about how much these magnificent animals contribute to our lives—and what life would be like without them.

As its website points out: “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.”

WED asks us all to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection.

‘World Elephant Day is a rallying call for people to support organizations that are working to … provide sanctuaries and alternative habitats for domestic elephants to live freely.’

Patricia Sims,
World Elephant Day Co-Founder

Living with humans for 4,000 years

Says WED: “The Asian elephant has lived alongside humans for over 4,000 years and is imbued with reverence, tradition and spirituality across many cultures.

“Yet while elephants have lived alongside humans for so long, there is still much we don’t know about them. With the largest brain of any land animal, they are smart, sentient, social and empathetic, qualities we strive for ourselves.

“Elephants are a keystone species. It means they create and maintain the ecosystems in which they live and make it possible for a myriad of plant and animal species to live in those environments as well.

“Elephants are running out of space and time. Before we know it they will be gone — unless we collectively stop the senseless poaching and consumer demand for ivory, and allocate protected natural habitat in countries where elephants and other wildlife can thrive now, and in the future.”

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