World Elephant Day was founded in 2012 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of Thailand’s Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, and is celebrated on 12 August each year. The aim is to raise awareness of the challenges and threats facing these magnificent creatures in both Africa and Asia, and support conservation efforts. Patricia Sims continues to lead World Elephant Day, which is now supported by more than 100 wildlife organisations across the globe.
Although one of our most loved animals, human activity is the main cause of the threats that Elephants face – poaching and the ivory trade, habitat destruction, and conflict between elephants and humans continue to endanger their survival.
What you can do
World Elephant Day draws attention to the conservation organisations and projects around the world that aim to protect Elephants and conserve their habitats. On World Elephant Day you can share your knowledge and concerns, and campaign for support for conservation programmes.
And if you wish to experience a close encounter with one of these spectacular animals, please ensure that it is in a non-exploitative and sustainable situation where the Elephants are well treated.