World Elephant Day in an international event observed August 12 to bring awareness about the preservation and protection of elephants in the world. World Elephant Day has a support of over 65 wildlife organisations after being founded on August 12, 2012. It was conceived by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. After the World Elephant Day was launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation. The day aims at creating the need to protect African and Asian elephants for their better care. On the IUCN Red List of threatened species, African elephants are listed as ‘vulnerable’ and Asian elephants as ‘endangered’.

The first World Elephant Day was held on August 12, 2012, the day on which the movie on ‘reintroduction of captive Asian elephants to the wild’ Return to the Forest, narrated by William Shatner was released. Illegal poaching has been one of the major reasons for the decrease in elephant population in the world. The demand for ivory which is of high value in the international market is one of the major reasons for it. Protection of elephants in their natural habitat is necessary for the increase in their population. Herd of elephants running to greet rescued baby elephant in Thailand is so adorable! (Watch Video)

Meanwhile, Twitter has been buzzing among elephant protection and conservation, here are some of the tweets:

Elephants are also poached for meat, body parts and leather. Human elephant conflict is another issue which is caused due to the decrease in forest cover, deforestation that results in human casualties, crop damage among others.

Ill treatment of elephants held captive in zoos, circuses and for tourism is another reason for the decline in their number.

Various events and programs are held today across the country to bring awareness to people about the importance to protect elephants and wildlife. There are a growing number of organisations that are helping in bring awareness about ill effects of elephant poaching and why the animal should be saved. Notable celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Ashley Judd, Prince William have in the past raised voice for the protection of elephants. (Edited by Nithya Nair)