Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years work within zoos.
National Thai Elephant Day
The National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on the 13th March and has done since it was first given government approval back in 1998. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand and plays an important part in culture, religion and tradition.
In spite of having protection in Thailand elephant numbers have vastly declined over the past 100 years. Back then there were believed to be in the region of 100,00 animals. Today there are only around 3-4 thousand, most of which are being held in captivity.
The captive animals breed well and are adding to the eventual problem of where are they all going to go.
National Thai Elephant Day draws the publics attention to elephants wherever they are, be it in training camp, zoo, rescue centre or wild in the forest. In some establishments the elephants get a day off whilst in others they put on special shows for visitors.
Visitors to Thailand cannot fail to appreciate how much is thought about Elephants even if they never see one in the flesh. Elephants statues are abundant and they appear on stamps, clothing, carvings and so much more.
Until fairly recently there was a Royal Elephant Stable in Bangkok. It has been renovated and now is the interesting Elephant Museum. The Museum, like any establishment in Thailand will draw its visitors attention to the National Thai Elephant Day.
There is not an International Elephant Day but there is an International Elephant Appreciation Day which takes place on September 22nd each year and has been doing so since 1996. It is a pity that more zoos do not promote this day to visitors to draw attention to the plight that elephants are facing, wherever they occur in the wild.
This, along with National Thai Elephant Day would do much to educate people about elephants because people do care about them.
Elephant Thai For His Majesty The Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on March 09, 2011:
Hello, hello, - Thank you for reading.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 09, 2011:
Thank you, Peter, I have learned so much about these beautiful animals through hub. It was fasinating.