Tuesday, August 12, 2014

World Elephant Day

On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.
Celebrate Elephant @ Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp, Top Slip

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.

Trunk
dad bears an elephant trunk
The World Elephant Day stressed the need to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. The intention of this day is to share knowledge and support positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephant. (Read more on elephants current status here)

Footnote:
Pictures shot at Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp at Top Sip, near Coimbatore. 

7 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Jeevan. I love elephants. Thank you for letting me know that today is World Elephant Day. It's tragic to see them become more and more endangered :(

TexWisGirl said...

i do hope they are treated better because of it.

Pooja Mittal said...

i appreciate your effort , elephants should be respected more and not be considered as a factory for ivory tusks
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Sandhya said...

Hope they survive among our abusive people. I always feel sad when I see chained elephants with rashes where the chain rubs their ankles.

Some efforts are being taken to take care of them via elephants' camps nowadays, I read. Hope they survive.

Destination Infinity said...

Why should human beings interfere with elephants at all. I think they should just be left in the jungle, they will take care of themselves.

Destination Infinity

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Nice post on the elephant. They are such magnificent creatures - yet they are constantly hunted,poached domesticated & ill treated. The elephant's habitat is shrinking fast due to encroachment by humans and the elephant is therefore forced to stray into human habitation resulting in damage to houses,plantations and cultivation.Is there a solution?

L. D. said...

We see a lot of shows about the plight of the elephant on our tv. It is so frustrating to have people kill and animal just for one part of the elephant. We have people in our country that are just as cruel with their use of their gun with about any animal. It is a sad person indeed.