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Elephant Appreciation Day
Animals
An Elephant Never Forgets!

When: September 22nd

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

A great reason to visit your local zoo would be to celebrate this day and show appreciation to one of the largest and marvelous animals still roaming mother earth, the Elephant.  Another family friendly idea is to watch the classic movie about the baby Elephant named "Dumbo."

Numbers

There are only 40,000-50,000 wild Elephants left in the wild, making the species endangered.

Description

Today there are 3 species of elephant: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant and are the only survivors of the ancient Mastodon's. Unless you live in Africa, India or Asia, the few places to view one of these magnificent animals is your local zoo. Increasingly, Elephants lives are in jeopardy and are in desperate need of conservation and wildlife management efforts.  The often illegal ivory trade has created a dangerous environment where poachers often kill or mame elephants soley for their tusks. One of the other most identifiable features that an elephant has, is it's trunk, which is actually a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and picking up things such as a meal.  People both past and current have used Elephants in the logging industry, as well as helping with agriculture purposes

Interesting Facts

  1. The average age of an African bush Elephant is 60-70 years old.
  2. African Bush Elephants can weigh 13,000 lbs.
  3. Lin Wang, was an Asian elephant at Taipei Zoo in Taiwan, lived to be 86 the oldest ever recorded age of an Elephant.
  4. Jumbo is considered one of the world's most famous elephants. He was the star of Barnum & Bailey Circus and was the inspiration behind the Disney movie Dumbo.
  5. There is an approximately 415,000 Elephant population in the world today.

Information

Observed:
  • September 22nd
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