Since 2011,August 12has been set aside as World Elephant Day.
Supported by numerousconservation agencies, it’s a day to “spread
awareness, share knowledge, andprovide solutions for better care and
management of both captive and wild elephants.” Elephants face
numerouschallenges, includingpoaching, habitat loss, exploitation,
abuse, and proximity to humanconflict and poverty. TheInternational
Unionfor Conservation of Naturelists Africanelephants as
“vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “endangered.”
Seit 2011,12. August wurde dieser Tag zum Welt Elefanten-Tag
ein Tag,um „ein Bewusstsein zu fördern, Wissen zu teilen, und
Lösungen füreine bessere BetreuungundVerwaltungsowohl
gefangener als auchwilder Elefanten zu entwickeln. Elefanten stehen
vor zahlreichenHerausforderungen,einschließlich Wilderei,
Lebensraumverlust, Ausbeutung, Missbrauch, undder Nähezu
menschlichenKonflikten undArmut. Die InternationaleUnionzur
Erhaltungder Naturhat die afrikanischenElefanten als „gefährdet“ und
die asiatischen Elefanten als „vom Aussterben bedroht“ gelistet.
A herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in the background, in
A one-and-a-half-month-old baby elephant with its mother at Chitwan National Park in Chitwan, south of Kathmandu, on December 30, 2014.
A mahout climbs his elephant as he heads towards the Chitwan National Park at Sauraha in Chitwan, south of
Kathmandu, on December 28, 2012.
An Asian elephant swims in a 65-meter-long pool at Fuji Safari Park in Susono, at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, on July
Elephants spray villagers with water during the Songkran water festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya province, north
of Bangkok, on April 10, 2015
A five-month-old-orphaned elephant named Tembo plays with his keeper, Thomas Chalice, who has nurtured the elephant at TonyFitzjohn's Mkomazi
rhino sanctuary in Mkomazi, Tanzania, on June 19, 2012.
An aerial picture taken on April 5, 2013, shows the main herd of elephants in Zakouma National Park, 800 kilometers east of N'Djamena in Chad. Ninety
percent of the elephants of the park have been poached in the last decade.
A mahout decorates his elephant using chalk while preparing for the Elephant Festival at Sauraha in Chitwan, Nepal, on December 26, 2014.
A swan swims as an elephant from the Circus Knie bathes in Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland, on October 4, 2010.
Baby elephant Chima (which means “surprise”) runs through the bush at the Botlierskop game farm near Mossel Bay, about 400 kilometers east of
Cape Town, South Africa, on November 30, 2009.
Men ride white elephants at a camp near Uppatasanti Pagoda in Burma’s capital city of Naypyidaw on March 1, 2012.
Nandong, a 25-year-old elephant mother, watches closely as her 2-week-old baby explores at the Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari on December 10,
A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe on October 14, 2014. The watering hole was
one of several that were contaminated by poachers with cyanide in 2013, leading to the death of at least 100 animals, according to Zimbabwean
An elephant is transported in a truck from Taungoo towards Bago, Burma, on March 20, 2012.
An Asian elephant dries off with sand in his enclosure at the zoo in Karlsruhe, Germany, on July 7, 2011.
Two elephants reach out to each other at the Sonepur Cattle Fair in the Saran district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on November 28, 2012.
Kedar, a baby African elephant born on October 18, 2005, struggles to regain his footing while keeping close to his mother, Kubwa, a 29-year-old
African elephant, at the Indianapolis Zoo on November 4, 2005
An elephant destroys a minibus during Sri Lanka’s sixth annual elephant polo tournament in Galle on February 15, 2007. Abey, a four-ton 18-year-old
elephant, threw off his mahout and American rider and went on a rampage, destroying this vehicle, before being subdued.
Visitors watch bathing elephants in an indoor pool at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on September 16, 2008.
A seven-and-a-half-month-old orphaned elephant calf named Moses cuddles with his adoptive “mother” and foundation owner, Jenny Webb, at sunrise
at their home in Lilongwe, Malawi, on October 9, 2012. Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
A sedated elephant is secured on the back of a truck by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wardens during a relocation exercise, aimed at relocating 10
elephants that were encroaching on community land, on the margins of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya on June 19, 2013.
Paulchen, a two-week-old African elephant, plays around in the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen near Hamburg, Germany, on April 7, 2006. The young
and exuberant baby elephant wore a protective bandage to avoid injuries during play.
A herd of elephants walk in the Tsavo East National Park, 280 kilometers (173 miles) east of Kenya’s capital of
Nairobi on February 10, 2011.