World Elephant Day Date in the current year: August 12, 2016

World Elephant Day Issues of elephants preservation and their protection are risen in many countries around the world. And many ecological observances are established to highlight the importance of biodiversity on our planet. One of these observances is World Elephant Day, that is annually celebrated on August 12.

World Elephant Day was established in 2012 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark with support of Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. Their annual observation is not recognized officially, but it's supported by over 65 wildlife organizations and many individuals around the world.

The first celebration of World Elephant Day featured the release of the film Return to the Forest, that is about reintroduction of captive elephants to the wild. The goal of this film, as well as of celebration, to raise public awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants, that are endangered. The current population of African elephants is about 400,000 and 40,000 for Asian elephants. It's believed, that these numbers don't represent the actual quantity of animals, since they are much too high.

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