World Elephant Day is an international event held on 12th August each year dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants.
It is estimated that there are less than 40,000 Asian elephants and 400,000 African elephants left in the wild. World Elephant Day aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures through education and promoting the importance of helping to maintain elephants natural habitats in forests and grasslands.
Twycross Zoo in the Midlands will be marking the occasion with their own Ele-Celebrations event this weekend. Visitors will have access to multiple elephant-themed activities and games, as well as a chance to enter a prize draw to win a family ticket to the zoo.
Twycross Zoo has four female Asian elephants within their ‘Elephant Creek’ enclosure and here visitors can see how they form herds that are led by the oldest and largest female, called the matriarch. At Twycross, this is Mimbu’s role and she is often seen to be taking care for the others in her family herd and making decisions for the group.
Keeper talks will be on offer each day at 11.15am, where visitors can learn more about each of the elephants in the herd, with further information and elephant activities available throughout the rest of the weekend. There will also be an opportunity to adopt an elephant or make a pledge to help learn about and protect the endangered species.
Miguel Bueno, Curator of Living Collections says, “Our Ele-Celebrations aim to highlight the plight of elephants and raise awareness about these endangered species. The threat to elephants is a global issue and we need to cooperate across countries to encourage their conservation. The loss of elephants as a species would have drastic effects on our natural world. Although many people admire elephants, few know about their importance in helping maintain the ecosystems in forests and grasslands. Ele-Celebrations at Twycross Zoo provide a fun and entertaining day out at the zoo, whilst educating our visitors about the role of elephants in the world and showing them why they should care about these animals.”
Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10am to 6pm daily. For more information on visiting go to www.twycrosszoo.org.