The 12th August marks World Elephant Day,
established in 2012 to highlight the plight of African and Asian elephants. In Africa alone, the number of elephants has declined by 97% since 1900. The elephant is loved and revered around the globe but its future is far from certain.
“We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.” – Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair
World Elephant Day asks for our support so that we can continue to be a collective voice speaking out on behalf of elephants. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a fantastic organisation rescuing, raising and returning orphaned elephants to the wild. A trip to Kenya is not completed without a morning visit to the trust in Nairobi, to watch the younger elephants feed and play before a delighted audience.