World Elephant Day is celebrated annually on August 12. It was co-founded in 2012 by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand. World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. In November 2015 World Elephant Society was founded to help support the annual Elephant Day campaign.
There are many threats to the population and wellbeing of elephants like poaching, habitat loss, conflict with humans over diminishing resources, and mistreatment in captivity. World Elephant Day presents an opportunity to raise awareness about these threats.
To celebrate this day you can share your knowledge about the largest land animals, express concern, support solutions for the better care of elephants, donate to an organization dedicated to protecting these tusked mammals, and post on social media. Teachers can arrange classroom activities and educate students about the plight of elephants.
World Elephant Day will be celebrated on Monday, August 12, 2024.
Interesting Facts About Elephants
- Elephants need around 150 kg of food daily. They can feed up to 18 hours a day.
- At birth, calves can weigh 120kg. Moreover, the calves can walk within 1 hour of their birth.
- Their tusks continue to grow throughout their lives.
- Elephants use their trunks to suck up water to drink and spray over their skin. It can contain up to eight liters of water.
- They are known to use their tusks to dig holes to find water underground.