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World Elephant Day 12th August

August 12, 2015

World Elephant Day Awareness Day

World Elephant Day Awareness Day UKWorld Elephant Day is part of a campaign to raise awareness about the danger posed to one of the world’s most popular endangered species. The elephant is the largest mammal walking the earth, yet 15,000-20,000 elephants are killed or poached for their ivory tusks or by “hunters” every year.

World Elephant Day was conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures along with Sivaporn Dardarananda, the Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand. World Elephant Day is now supported by several dozen wildlife organizations worldwide as efforts to protect elephants in the wild and improve conservation efforts grow.

In an interview with The Examiner, we learn:

Prince William has made the cause internationally prominent, drawing attention to both the poaching crisis and efforts to combat it. David Banks, Africa Program Director, told us that the Duke has actually done quite a lot for the cause, both in Africa as well as elsewhere in the world where poaching for ivory is a huge problem.

World Elephant Day Awareness Day UK“He’s significantly raised the profile of this issue in the US, where they love Prince William and the Royal family and what they stand for. He’s had some really good discussions with the Chinese government. He went to China and raised the profile, made an important speech there and put his own money [toward this]. Prince William and Prince Harry have both [done a great deal.]”

With WWD they’re aiming to raise their profile further. “And it’s been something others are using as well to raise the plight of elephants. Anything we can do to get people in the US more aware of what’s going on with elephants, and globally as well, such as in China. Unfortunately, people still don’t know that much [about what’s happening with elephants.]”

To find out more you can visit Worldelephantday.org, and to learn about the Nature Conservancy‘s efforts, visit their website. Be sure to share your Twitter hashtag #Elegram for your elephant art. Follow the Nature Conservancy on Twitter tomorrow. You can also type the hashtags #WorldElephantDay, #SaveElephants and #Gogrey to show your support. Follow World Elephant Day on Instagram and Facebook, too. Tell all your friends. And never consider buying a piano made with ivory keys, a practice outlawed in the States.

Support World Elephant Day

If one wants to participate in World Elephant Day, the most obvious thing one can do is take to Twitter and spread the hash tag, #SaveElephants, but also, “These days it’s mostly a virtual thing. We’ll have a number of online efforts in order to raise the profile of the issue.” Further, what’s “pretty cool,” he says, is to create one’s own “elegram”. “We’re trying to get 20,000 elegrams, and if we hit that goal a donor will donate $150,000 to anti-poaching.”

Any business can support World Elephant Day by running activities that draw awareness to the campaign to save elephants and kill off poaching for good. Using business social media accounts to mention World Elephant Day with the hashtag will also increase awareness. For more information and ideas about how to promote World Elephant Day with your business, contact campaign@bristol-marketing.com

World Elephant Day – watch the Return To The Forest Elephant Documentary:

Check out our World Elephant Day gallery here:


August 12, 2015
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World Elephant Day

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