Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years work within zoos.
International Elephant Appreciation Day
The International Elephant Appreciation Day is an annual event which takes place on September 22nd. This is a special day, a day to appreciate that we share our planet with a vast range of different creatures. The largest land mammal is the Elephant.
Numbers of wild elephants are on the decline wherever they are found being poached for their ivory tusks. So sad that a creature which takes nearly two years to develop in the womb may be killed ten or so years later just for its teeth. It is something we really need to think about.
International Elephant Appreciation Day is the time to visit the zoo and marvel at these magnificent creatures, a time to support elephant charities and the day to educate people. Without the general public appreciating the plight that these animals are facing then their future looks very gloomy for the elephant.
People in general do care about elephants. They are one of the favourite animals of the world. Sadly though many do not know much more than they like them. We need to use International Elephant Apprecition day to make them more aware.
In Thailand there is a National Thai Elephant Day which complements the International Elephant Appreciation Day. Together they can make a difference. You can too. Play your part.
Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on March 09, 2011:
Hello, hello, - Yes, I was lucky enough to stumble upon elephants in all their finery in India a couple of times. Amazing what noise they can put up with.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 09, 2011:
That was interesting. I know at some day the Indians dress up all their elephants and have them all blessed.