August 12th is World Elephant Day. Let’s celebrate!


First, a breath-taking collection of elephant photography:

World Elephant Day (Link)

Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day. Supported by numerous conservation agencies, it’s a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants,” according to the organizer’s website. Elephants face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse, and proximity to human conflict and poverty. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.” On this World Elephant Day, I present a collection of images of these amazing animals.

— Alan Taylor, The Atlantic


Then, an award-winning film:

Return to the Forest (Link)

The documentary film released worldwide on the first World Elephant Day, August 12, 2012. Produced by CanazWest Pictures and narrated by actor William Shatner, Return to the Forest, is the story of the work of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and its mission to save elephants in Thailand… The documentary brings attention to the plight of endangered Asian elephants and the vital role of elephants in the forest ecosystem, and asks us to consider our role in the protection of elephants and their habitat throughout the world.

— World Elephant Day


Finally, a visit to an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center.

Elephant Nature Park (Link)

Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help.  We have been involved in dozens of rescues which have created our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care.

— Elephant Nature Park

Volunteer-vacation, anyone?

Elephant Nature Park has a wonderful YouTube Channel. Here’s their latest video:

Today is World Elephant Day was originally published on Aware & Fair