World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world's elephants. Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark ofCanazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of theElephant Reintroduction Foundation inThailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012. Since that time, Patricia Sims continues
World Elephant Day is an international event held each year on August 12, in order to bring the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants now facing extinction to the center of the world’s stage. Conceived by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, along with Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation inThailand in 2011, it was officially launched on August 12th the following year founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation to encourage and devlope plans to protect and preserve the remaining populations if these magnificent animals. It is now estimated that nearly 96 of these magnificent animals are killed by poachers every day for their ivory tusks. As a result, there are less than 400,000 wild elephants left in Africa and only about 40,000 Asia.
Among the animals murdered and mourned are, Satao, and Mountain Bull recently slain in Kenya for their “ iconic tusks.” Other animals have also been poached for meat, leather, and body parts sold on and off the black market.
In addition to the ivory trade, wild elephants are also threatened by encroaching human populations in their home territories resulting in loss of habitat due to deforestation, increases in mining. In the meantime, many pachyderms held in captivity in zoos, circuses and other tourist draws are regularly mistreated.
Since its founding two years ago,World Elephant Day, is now supported by over 65 wildlife organizations and many individuals in countries across the globe including: Thai Elephant Conservation Center; Elephantstay; The Earth Organization; Wildlife Conservarion Society; The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee; African Conservation Foundation; The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust; Ian Somerhalder Foundation; The WILD Foundation; Amboseli Trust for Elephants; Safeguarding a Future for Africa's Elephants (S.A.F.E.); and Elephants Without Borders (EWB). The cause has also attracted the advocacy of numerous celebrities including Bill, Hillary and Cheslea Clinton, President Obama, Prince William, William Shatner ( who narrated the film “Return to the Forest” about the reintroduction of captive Asian elephants to the wild, released on the inaugural World Elephant Day), Leonardo DiCaprio. Ashley Judd, Jada Pimckett Smith and Alec Baldwin, to name but a few.
To learn more about special events planned for World elephant Day throughout the US visit http://worldelephantday.org/events