World Elephant Day- 12 August
World Elephant Day is an annual global event celebrated across the world on August 12. The day is dedicated to the preservation and protection of elephants.
The IUCN Red List of threatened species list African elephants as “vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered”.
The World Elephant Day was first observed in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Ms. Patricia Sims and Mr. Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures and the Secretary- General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand, Sivaporn Dardarananda. It was officially funded, supported and launched by Ms. Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012.
The Union government launched ‘Gaj Yatra’ in order to mark World Elephant Day 2017. This is a nationwide campaign which will cover 12 elephant range states. The ‘Gaju’ mascot, which was released by the Ministry in 2012, will be helm the campaign. The campaign will be led by the Wildlife Trust of India.