World Elephant Day is annually celebrated on 12 August to create awareness on elephant conservation and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better protection and management of wild and captive elephants.

Key findings

  • World Elephant Day plays a crucial role in raising awareness about the problems faced by these gentle giants all around the globe.
  • It also highlights the need for the protection of elephants and laws and measures to be enacted to ensure their survival.
  • The year 2022 marks the 11th anniversary of World Elephant Day.


  • World Elephant Day was started as an initiative by two Canadian filmmakers, Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest pictures, and the Secretary General of Thailand’s Elephant Reintroduction Foundation – Sivaporn Dardarananda.
  • The first World Elephant Day was observed on August 12, 2012.

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