To recognise the significance of the “gentle giants” in the global ecology, August 12 is designated as Jumbos Day. Elephants are sadly killed each year in poaching incidents around the world. The mistreatment of humans, habitat loss as a result of unending urbanisation, and other problems are also faced by jumbos.
In order to raise awareness of these problems and emphasise how crucial it is to protect elephants in the modern world, this day also serves that purpose.
Narendra Modi tweeted “On #WorldElephantDay, reiterating our commitment to protect the elephant. You would be happy to know that India houses about 60% of all Asian elephants. The number of elephant reserves has risen in the last 8 years. I also laud all those involved in protecting elephants.”
He wrote in another tweet: “The successes in elephant conservation must be viewed in context of the larger efforts underway in India to minimise human-animal conflict, and integrating local communities and their traditional wisdom in furthering environmental consciousness.”
Time and space are actually running out for elephants! And if we are unable to work toward elephant protection and conservation, individuals should try and make a conscious effort to donate to groups that are attempting to restore the jumbos’ natural habitats, rehabilitate these animals, and more. According to Patricia Sims, co-founder of World Elephant Day,