Tuesday, 12 August 2014


On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian & African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature. 

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both Asian & Asian elephants. 

World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike. 

"We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behaviour." - Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair

Elephants are the most beautiful & majestic creatures in the world and this is a cause that is truly close to my heart. 

DSWT (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust), by Dr. David & Daphne Sheldrick, has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, Kenya. 

They have an amazing Orphan's Project which has achieved worldwide acclaim & is a hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant population. 

Here is the link to their website: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

And you can click HERE to donate. 

The pictures of Kiran in this post were taken at THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY on a trip to Hartbeespoortdam in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier last year.