Save the Elephant Day is a worldwide holiday aimed at protecting elephants. It is designed to draw attention to the problem of declining animal populations in the wild. It is celebrated annually on April 16.
The history of Save the Elephant Day begins in 2012. The holiday was initiated by the Thailand Elephant Reintroduction Foundation with the support of filmmaker P. Smith. The foundation breeds and treats elephants and then releases them into the wild in order to maintain and increase the animal population in the wild.
Elephants are the largest terrestrial animals on the planet. They can be found in savannahs, tropical forests, grassy meadows in different parts of Asia and Africa. Elephants are herbivores. To satisfy their needs, they need to consume about three hundred kilograms of plant food per day.
The decrease in the number of animals was caused by human activity – hunting for ivory. It is very highly valued, and thousands of elephants have been killed just to get their tusks, the hide and meat not being used. As a result of this cruelty, their population has sharply declined today, and conservation organizations have to work hard to prevent further extinction of this species.
- Today there are about 750 individuals on the territory of Africa, although previously their number exceeded several thousand.
- Elephants cannot live alone; they need to communicate with their relatives all the time. Researchers claim that they can feel emotions and even smile.
- The weight of the average individual is about 5 tons, and the body length can reach 7 meters.
How to celebrate
Learn more about elephants. Give financial support to organizations that treat and raise elephants. They do great work to keep the animals in the wild.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it!
When Save The Elephant Day celebrated in 2023?
Save The Elephant Day is observed on April 16 each year.