World Elephant Day

The goal of World Elephant Day is to raise awareness about the preservation and protection of elephants. Various problems, like as poaching, habitat degradation, and captivity mistreatment, loom over elephants, particularly in Asia and Africa. World Elephant Day is observed on August 12 to raise awareness about elephant crisis and to honour the importance of elephants in our ecology. Celebrities, politicians, and others have lent their support to the cause over the years.

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Prakash Javadekar, then Union Environment Minister, and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, then Vice President, committed their support for the cause in 2020. ‘Haathi Hamara Saathi’ was the theme for World Elephant Day 2020. Suraksha, a nationwide portal for human-elephant conflict, was unveiled in beta form by Javadekar. Many well-known actors, public figures, and politicians from all across the world rallied to this cause. Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are among the celebrities who have spoken out on animal rights, as have Indian stars Rana Daggubati, Randeep Hooda, and Dia Mirza.

History:

The first World Elephant Day was commemorated on August 12, 2012, to raise awareness about the condition of Asian and African elephants. The day’s event was arranged by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand in partnership with Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims. The Sims has also been a leader in World Elephant Day since 2012. The day also aims to raise awareness about the importance of their preservation and protection. Various problems, like as poaching, habitat degradation, and captivity mistreatment, loom over elephants, particularly in Asia and Africa. Patricia Sims’ nonprofit organisation, the World Elephant Society, has educated many people and raised international awareness about elephant protection throughout the years. The Society collaborates with over a hundred elephant conservation organisations. Several organisations and individuals are being urged to join forces to raise awareness of elephant issues. Under the banner of “World Elephant Day,” the organization’s “unbiased” stance enables and encourages campaigns by all groups and citizens.

Significance:

According to latest WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) data, the world’s elephant population is estimated to be around 440,000. Poachers kill approximately 15,000 elephants each year, according to the WWF. It is not only their job to adopt conservation measures for them, but it is also their responsibility to raise consciousness about the possibility of “Elephant Extinction.” Meanwhile, elephants are mistreated by untrained mahouts in India, despite being cultural and religious icons. Electrocution, railroad accidents, poaching, and poisoning claimed the lives of many elephants. The number of wild Asiatic elephants has dropped below 50,000, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature, which is only 15% of its historic average. India and areas of Southeast Asia are home to Asiatic elephants in the wild.

Blue Dart will plant 1,031,170 elephant-friendly trees on the boundaries of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in East Singhbum, Jharkhand, to commemorate World Elephant Day. In the Singhbhum Elephant Reserve in Jharkhand, Grow-Trees.com is planting millions of trees to restore fractured migration routes, create sheltered and screened areas for elephants, and extend habitats. This year’s World Elephant Day topic has yet to be announced; however, previous year’s theme was “Haathi Hamara Saathi.”