It’s World Elephant Day!
World Elephant Day was launched on the 12th August 2012 to raise awareness of the plight of elephants across the world. Both African and Asian elephants are facing severe threats ranging from poaching (primarily for the illegal ivory trade), to loss of their natural habitat. Conflict between the animals and their human neighbours is also a major issue, not to mention the ill-treatment they can receive when in captivity.
I am certainly no expert in these matters, but having visited the Elephant Conservation Centre in Laos earlier this year, I learnt a bit about the plight of the endangered Asian elephant. They are very much under threat of extinction, with only approximately 400 left in the wild in Laos itself. It was inspiring to see the great work that the ECC do with rescued elephants in Laos and I hope that by visiting I made a (very!) small contribution to that effort. They are just one of many great organisations across the world who are doing what they can to help protect and preserve these magnificent creatures.
World Elephant Day is a an opportunity to celebrate nature’s giants, but most importantly to learn about the issues they face across Africa and Asia and the rest of the world.
If you are interested, a lot more info can be found on the World Elephant Day website. Please do check it out and learn what you can do to help their plight and Be Elephant Ethical when choosing to see elephants either in sanctuaries or in the wild!
How can we possibly let these beautiful animals disappear?