Introduction – World Elephant Day is celebrated every year on August 12 to raise awareness about the importance of elephants in our ecosystem and focuses on their protection and preservation across the world. There are many threats including poaching, mistreatment, and habitat loss that are responsible to reduce the number of elephants all over the world. This international day aims to spread awareness among common people about protecting and saving elephants across the world otherwise they will be extinct.
History – Firstly, World Elephant Day is celebrated on August 12, 2012, and is founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand along with two Canadian filmmakers, Patricia Sims, and Michael Clark. Patricia Sims has an organization known as the World Elephant Society that works to raise awareness about the several threats including poaching, cutting forests, and habitat loss that are faced by elephants and to protect them on a global level. The main purpose of this international day is to highlight the poaching and difficulties of elephants across the world.
Significance – Elephants are a very important animal that plays an important role in maintaining the ecosystems for other species. The main aim of this international day is to save or protect elephants that increase the population of elephants and to maintain the biodiversity of rainforests across the world. As per National Geographic, the population of the elephant has rapidly decreased by about 50 percent in the last 75 years across the world. As per a report, there are around 20,000 to 40,000 Asian elephants are left.