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World Elephant Day celebrated

Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day as a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.”

World Elephant Day celebrated
This picture taken on August 12, 2014, during the World elephant day, shows orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, at the Nairobi National Park, in Nairobi. Africa's elephants are under extreme threat from poaching, ivory trafficking, human-elephant conflict, and habitat loss. (AFP/Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
An orphaned baby elephant feeds itself on August 12, 2014, during the World elephant day, at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, at the Nairobi National Park, in Nairobi. Africa's elephants are under extreme threat from poaching, ivory trafficking, human-elephant conflict, and habitat loss. (AFP/Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
Elephants eat fruit during the elephant banquet to mark 'National Elephant Day' in Ayutthaya province on March 13, 2014. National Elephant Day aims to raise public awareness about elephant conservation as the latest elephant census shows Thailand’s pachyderm population dropping to fewer than 5,000 countrywide. (AFP/Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
Elephants eat fruit during a fruits buffet as part of the annual King's Cup elephant polo tournament in the southern Thai resort town of Hua Hin on September 13, 2012. The King's Cup tournament, which is held to promote elephant conservation, is taking place from September 12-16. (AFP/Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
A five month old orphaned elephant called 'Tembo' plays with Lucy Fitzjohn at Tony Fitzjohn's Mkomazi rhino Sanctuary on June 19, 2012 in Mkomazi, Tanzania. The Aspinall Foundation along with the Tusk Trust and the George Adamson Trust combined forces to stage a rare translocation of three captive born black rhino to Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in order to rejuvenate numbers of the black rhino in the area. The three animals, Grumeti, Monduli and Zawadi were airlifted in a dedicated DHL Boeing 757 from Manston Airport in Kent direct to Kilimanjaro Int Airport in Tanzania. The rhino have been donated by Damian Aspinall, Chairman of The Aspinall Foundation, from their breeding group at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The reintroduction of endangered species to the wild to assist breeding programmes is a major focus of The Aspinall Foundation. Prince William as Patron of Tusk Trust and a dedicated campaigner against poaching visited the rhinos at Port Lympne ahead of their translocation and today released a speech via the BBC highlighting his dedication to the fight against the illegal trade of ivory. (Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
A picture taken on March 18, 2011 at the Maetaman Elephant camp in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, shows an elephant painting during a performance for tourists. (AFP/Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
An elephant at the Mashatu game reserve on July 26, 2010 in Mapungubwe, Botswana. Mashatu is a 46,000 hectare reserve located in Eastern Botswana where the Shashe river and Limpopo river meet. (Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
One of the five new Asian Elephants swims in its new enclosure after the opening of 'ANZ Wild Asia' at Taronga Zoo on December 15, in Sydney, Australia. The $40 million exhibit is now home to 630 animals from 40 species, including the Elephants, endangered Silvery Gibbons and a myriad of tropical birds, which live in a recreation of an Asian rainforest. (Getty Images)
World Elephant Day celebrated
The Asian elephant Kandula, plays in the sand November 23, 2002 at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The zoo is celebrating Kandula's first birthday today. (Getty Images)