World Save the Elephant Day
About World Save the Elephant Day or World Elephant Day
When is Save Elephant Day? This holiday is always observed on April 16
Elephants are the largest mammal to roam the earth today. Their numbers are dwindling, and their very survival is at risk. That makes World Save the Elephant Day an extremely important day. Also called World Elephant Day, the goal of this very special April 16 holiday is to call attention to the plight of our beloved Pachyderms.
Young and old, we all love elephants, They are the most popular animal in the zoo. Unfortunately, in their native environment their very survival as a species is at risk, due to shrinking habitat and poaching. Poaching is taking a very serious toll, as their tusks made of ivory are prized. While the sale of ivory is banned around the world, it commands a huge price on the black market.
How to Participate in Save Elephant Day
On Save the Elephant Day, you can:
- Visit the elephants at your local zoo.
- Visit them at wild animal preserves.
- Find out more about groups that are working to save their habitat, as well as those fighting poachers, who kill elephants for their ivory tusks.
- Support these groups with a donation, if you can.
- Grae schoolteachers, prepare a lesson plan about elephants for your class.
- Watch a documentary about them.
Never read an elephant joke while sunbathing. You’ll laugh your trunks off.
Bonus Joke: Why did the elephant leave the circus? He was tired of working for peanuts.
History and Origin of World Save the Elephant Day
Save the Elephant Day was founded in 2012. It was created by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand, working in conjunction with Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims. Their goal is to raise awareness of the threat to survival caused by loss of habitat and poaching.
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