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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

World Elephant Day!

We love elephants here at Myakka so this year we are supporting World Elephant Day, this year on Friday 12th August. The day is all about supporting elephants throughout the world and encouraging us all to protect elephants and their environments.

There are only about 40,000 Asian Elephants remaining in the world (including those in captivity) and about 400,000 African Elephants in the world. Both species are threatened and their numbers have been declining for many years. World Elephant Day is all about raising awareness of elephants decreasing numbers and encouraging us all to do our part to look after elephants.

To help do your part and support World Elephant Day, there are a number of activities being organised to raise awareness. Why not take part in the #EleeDraw, simply download the picture of the African and Asian elephant holding the world and get colouring. Then share your amazing creation on Instagram with the #EleeDraw and #worldelephantday and tweet it on twitter with the same hashtags. We can’t wait to get started on our creations!

Did you know that a fully grown African elephant weights about 22,000 pounds and the Asian elephant is under half the weight at about 10,000 pounds. The African elephant is the planet’s largest land animal and the Asian elephant is the second biggest. We all need to do our bit to help protect them.

We hope to help make World Elephant Day 2016 the best yet!

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