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World Elephant Day
Bringing the world together to hep elephants.
Today marks World Elephant Day, an international event held annually on 12 August, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s largest terrestrial animal.
We ask people to “express concern, share knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike.
African and Asian elephants face danger around the world due to poaching, hunting, habitat destruction and mistreatment in captivity. According to the World Elephant Day Foundation, “an insatiable lust for ivory products in Asian markets” has fueled a dramatic decline in African elephant populations since last year.
We urge you to help us raise awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants and spread knowledge about the conservation of the creatures.
Did you know that …
There are two species of elephants, African and Asian, and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed.
A third species?
Recent scientific findings suggest that the forest-dwelling African elephant is a genetically distinct species, making it a third elephant species.
The Asian elephant is endangered with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide.
The African elephant (Forest and Savannah) is threatened with less than 400,000 remaining worldwide.
In 1989, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade.
2013 saw the greatest quantity of ivory confiscated in the last 25 years.
The street value of a single tusk is approximately US$15,000.
The main market for illegal ivory is China, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000–200,000.
Tusks are found in African elephants of both sexes while only in Asian males.
An African bull’s tusks can grow to over 11 feet long and weigh 220 pounds.