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World Elephant Day: Saving the magnificent animal

On World Elephant Day today, as we focus on the animals animate and inanimate in the city, the larger goal should be on saving these magnificent animals from extinction

About World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants.

Caretakers Sajid and Jamal with one of the elephants at Jijamata Udyan, Byculla. Pic/Shadab Khan
Caretakers Sajid and Jamal with one of the elephants at Jijamata Udyan, Byculla. Pic/Shadab Khan

Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012.

This building at Kalbadevi with an elephant statue on the first floor of the structure is called Hatti Building. Pic/Bipin Kokate
This building at Kalbadevi with an elephant statue on the first floor of the structure is called Hatti Building. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Since that time, Patricia Sims continues to direct World Elephant Day, which is now supported by over 65 wildlife organisations and many individuals in countries across the globe.

This idol painted by artist Rupesh Narvekar at his Parel workshop is all set for the Ganesh festival on August 29. Pic/Rane Ashish
This idol painted by artist Rupesh Narvekar at his Parel workshop is all set for the Ganesh festival on August 29. Pic/Rane Ashish

The goal of World Elephant Day is to create awareness around the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants, and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants.

This idol at Babu Pannalal Jain Temple in Walkeshwar is one of the oldest elephant statues in the city. Pic/Bipin Kokate
This idol at Babu Pannalal Jain Temple in Walkeshwar is one of the oldest elephant statues in the city. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Both African and Asian elephants face extinction with African elephants being ‘vulnerable’ and Asian elephants being ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

This Dadar boy is in love with his stuffed elephant toy. Pic/Satyajit Desai
This Dadar boy is in love with his stuffed elephant toy. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Coming up Trumpets
Today, as World Elephant Day is marked all over the globe, this columnist is wondering whether the pachyderms would take kindly to a little gentle ribbing, poking fun, writing rubbish about them. So, in danger of being trampled to extinction by an angry elephant, here goes, with the wondering...

>> Whether one elephant tells another, I care two (ma)houts about what happens...

>> Why elephants need mobile phones, they can simply make a trunk call...

>> Whether a school for elephants has teachers who are tough tuskmasters

>> Why elephants are always seen and herd?

>> Whether elephants are part of Zubin Mehta’s orchestra, where they have to blow trumpets?

>> Whether the remixed version of chal, chal, chal, mere haathi… would be sung as chill, chill, chill mere haathi...

>> Why it is so easy to know whether an elephant has entered your fridge, because you find his footprints in the butter?

>> Why an elephant wears his yellow swim trunks to the pool, as his green ones had gone to the laundry...

>> Whether all elephants do not need any visa to live in the Ivory Coast (Africa)

>> Whether African elephants and Asian elephants meet in a high-level delegation called AAECCI, decoded the Asian-African Elephant Conference for Commerce and Industry

>> Whether people who have the surname Haathi get special treatment today?

>> Whether an ant who challenges an elephant to a wrestling match says loftily: Well, size isn’t everything, you know

>> Whether a 7,000 kg elephant would consult a Mumbai nutritionist for a diet plan, but be unable to afford it as they charge nearly R 2,000 a kg now

>> Why elephants are not put into a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts, because they simply cannot keep off the grass?

>> Whether elephants crease their brows and say to each other, well that is so much mumbo-jumbo...

>> Whether a baby elephant (calf) is simply a trunk-ated edition of the full-grown one?

>> Why, instead of doing something more useful are you reading this tripe, anyway?

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