Introduction – World Elephant Day is celebrated on August 12 every year to spread awareness about the importance of elephants in our ecosystem, which concentrates on their protection and preservation. In the last 10 years, the population of elephants has reduced by 62 percent and may be extinct by the end of the next decade if we will not try to protect and preserve the elephants. Predictably, there is about 100 African elephants are killed by poachers daily. So, the purpose of this day is to raise awareness for protecting and saving elephants all over the world otherwise they will be extinct.
History – World Elephant Day was first celebrated on August 12, 2012, for highlighting the difficulties and poaching of African and Asian elephants. William Shatner narrated the movie ‘’Return to the Forest’’ is about the reintroduction of captive Asian elephants to the wild and was released on the inaugural World Elephant Day.
Significance – World Elephant Day is observed on August 12 every year for protecting or saving elephants that increase the population of elephants and to maintain the biodiversity of rainforests. The purpose of this day is to spread awareness about the reducing population of elephants in the forests and find ways to protect them. On this day, this day is an opportunity for people to reduce the conflict between elephants and humans. As per the World Elephant Society, elephants face threats of habitat loss, mistreatment, and poaching. As per World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there is about 15,000 elephants are killed by poachers so it is our responsibility to protect elephants all over the world.
Theme – The theme of World Elephant Day 2021 has not been declared in this year. In the previous year, the theme is ‘’Haathi Hamara Saathi’’.