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World Elephant Day

Elephants have been around for centuries, with the first animal that resembled an elephant (Paleomastodon) dating back 35 million years ago. These charismatic intelligent animals can stand up to 13 feet (4 metres) and weighing up to 14,000 Ibs (6,350 Kilograms) approx 7 tons (4 cars). The largest living land mammal is the African Bush Elephant. Did you know there are now three species: African Bush Elephant, African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant. Discover more about the magnificent Elephant this World Elephant Day.

Baby Elephant
Baby African Bush Elephant, South Africa ©MDHarding

World Elephant Day

About World Elephant Day

On the 12th of August 2012, World Elephant Day was launched. Bringing attention to the urgent plight of the elephant.

Events Taking Place On World Elephant Day

. "When Elephants Were Young" Movie Screening

. Protecting Elephants in India Webinar by Wildlife SOS

. Skype In The Classroom: Join The Elephantastic Live Event

For more information on the many events taking place click here.

Places To Visit

Elephant sanctuaries are the best places to visit and see these magnificent animals. Though some are not as good as others (talking from experience). My heart was broken when I saw how the elephants were chained up and on such a short chain, that only allowed them to stand on the spot. Some in so much distress they