World Elephant Day

Thursday, August 12 is World Elephant Day – a day to “bring the world together to help elephants.” Join The Elephant Sanctuary in celebrating World Elephant Day no matter where you are.

At 10 a.m. August 12, head over to The Sanctuary’s Facebook page for an interview with Dr. Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices to learn more about their latest project – The Elephant Ethogram. Years in the making, The Elephant Ethogram is a detailed catalog of African Savanna elephant behaviors and vocalizations. We will hear from Dr. Poole about how this project was created and how it will benefit conservation efforts for wild elephants.

ElephantVoices is just one of The Elephant Sanctuary’s international partners. Keep an eye on our social media pages throughout the day as we highlight some of the other amazing work being done for elephants by our partner organizations.

After you learn more about The Elephant Ethogram, it is your turn to be an elephant scientist. Use our EleCam Scavenger Hunt to spot Sanctuary residents exhibiting natural elephant behaviors in their own habitats via live-streaming EleCams.

This is a virtual event and all activities will happen online. The Elephant Discovery Center will be open to visitors 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact Joy Owens at to schedule your visit.

Pledge to Take Action for Elephants!

Elephants are highly intelligent animals whose continued existence is threatened.

Loss of habitat, human-elephant conflict, and poaching for ivory and bushmeat are great threats to elephant populations. As of 2013, the Asian elephant population had experienced a 90 percent decline in the past 100 years, and some experts suggest 95 percent of their original habitat has been lost over the same period. Estimates vary, but most agree that there has been a 75 percent decline in the elephant population in Africa. Today there are thought to be between 300,000 and 500,000 wild elephants in Africa and less than 60,000 wild elephants in Asia. Asian elephants are recognized as critically endangered and African elephants are recognized as endangered.

By pledging to take action for elephants, you become part of the solution to the crisis facing elephants and help to ensure their survival. Help us reach 1,500 pledges this World Elephant Day!


Show Your Support

The Elephant Sanctuary is working to provide a safe haven where elephants can retire with dignity, roam free in a natural habitat, and receive a lifetime of individualized care. A gift of any amount makes a difference in the lives of elephants.

Considering a monthly donation? The costs of providing Sanctuary to elephants retired from performance and exhibition are large, and ongoing. Your generous investment in our mission through a monthly donation provides the stability our residents need and deserve. Join our herd of sustaining donors and receive special quarterly communications from The Sanctuary to your inbox!


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