World Elephant Day was established in 2011 by two Canadian filmmakers, Michael Clark and Patricia Sima and Sivaporn Dardarananda, the Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. In the year 2012, August 12 was declared as the first celebration of World Elephant Day. This initiative was started to raise awareness about the dwindling population of species around the world. Additionally, it is also to increase consciousness about the need to protect the existing spaces of elephants.
Unfortunately, the human race is to be blamed as these animals are already facing tumultuous threats of extinction. They are already bearing the brunt of inadequate habitats and are seeking comfort in cityscapes. In predominant parts of the world, African and Asian elephants are yet being exploited for tourism. They are being utilized for activities which include riding, poaching, illegal trading, entertainment and amusement purposes.
Some are even separated from their mahouts to keep them under captivity for ill treatment. In India, states like Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Assam deal with man-elephant conflicts. (Elephant-human conflicts are a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. When elephants and humans interact, conflicts arise from crop raiding, injuries and deaths to humans caused by elephants or elephants being killed by humans for reasons other than ivory and habitat degradation) It has been classified as a natural disaster due to the severity and frequency.
Hence, globally, today it is imperative that individuals understand the gravity of the situation. Everyone needs to contribute to the welfare and protection of this majestic animal as it is at the brink of disappearance.
Over 65 wildlife organizations around the world are working together to make the world a better place for this animal to co-exist in our ecosystem.
The first step in this direction is to inform and educate everyone about the importance of protecting elephants and valuing their existence.
Anchor & Correspondent • A part time journalist but a full time animal lover. Netra is an avid traveler, a caffeine addict and a food enthusiast. She also has a keen interest in fashion and luxury designer wear!