When: September 22nd
Where: United States
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."
There are only 40,000-50,000 wild Elephants left in the wild, making the species endangered.
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