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World Elephant Day
It’s World Elephant Day 2015!
Another World Elephant Day is upon us. World Elephant Day is August 12th and it’s the fourth year for the annual campaign. It’s incredible how people’s awareness and concern about the urgent plight that elephants are facing is spreading around the world. Some of you may know that I am the co-founder of World Elephant Day. We launched it in 2012 as a day to bring people together to help elephants.
Although it’s very encouraging that more people are becoming aware of the numerous issues that threaten the future survival of elephants, the fact remains that the issues very much need our collective attention and support in order to make a difference. This year for World Elephant Day, we have compiled a brief overview of where things are at for both African and Asian elephants.
In our own work, we are very happy to announce that our feature documentary film, “When Elephants Were Young,” is finally completed! Through the simple story of a young man named Wok and the young elephant named Nong Mai, many of the problems for Asian elephants are unravelled, with some hopeful solutions.
“When Elephants Were Young” will be released this Fall. We’re excited about our new trailer, which has just been completed. Please check it out! We will be releasing details very soon about when and where the film can be seen. Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this elephant journey!
… which is just what I thought when this mama elephant put her trunk around me during one of our last days of filming in Thailand this April.
I’m happy to say that after more than four years of hard work, we’ve finally wrapped our filming and are working 24/7 in the editing room to finish Elephants Never Forget.
We couldn’t have got to this stage without all the amazing support we’ve received – moral, spiritual, and financial – cheering us on with this epic project, which we’re very excited to be getting out to the world.
And not a moment too soon because our elephant friends are in deep trouble – in fact, the situation is worsening for both Asian and African elephants and we need a lot of loud voices out there to speak on their behalf … before they’re all gone.
We have recently lost two of the world’s most iconic bull elephants to poaching. Satao and Mountain Bull had both survived previous attempts on their lives, but were murdered earlier this year. Satao was one of the world’s largest elephants and was a famous “tusker”, with his great tusks reaching the ground.
As many of you know, our story focus is on the critically endangered Asian elephants who also face increased poaching threats, like the ongoing slaughter in Indonesia. More so, the loss of critical habitat and human-elephant conflict debacles threatens the Asian elephant severely throughout their range in Asia.
But amid all this horrible news, our story offers a beacon of hope – that human-elephant relations can improve, and this is what we will portray in the film.
I have been inspired by Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s insightful article about the 5 things that elephants can teach us. It’s true, we do have a lot to learn from elephants. They possess all the good qualities we strive to have – or should strive to have. Sometimes I think they are more “human” than we are.
We will have some surprise announcements coming about the film and also our plans for its release, so expect more updates from us soon…
And of course, World Elephant Day is coming – August 12, 2014. So mark your calendars and plan to do something elephantastic on the day. Here are some ways that you can help the courageous people who are tirelessly working on the front lines to save the elephants.