“Since 1980, the number of elephants in Africa has fallen from 1.3 million to just over 400,000. Currently an estimated 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory,” says the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.
Celebrities are taking to Twitter to share the news about World Elephant Day. Actor Ricky Gervais tweeted about Refuse to Ride, an organization seeking to end the tourist practice of riding elephants.
William Shatner of Star Trek fame put his voice behind Goodall’s Canadian ivory ban efforts.
The elephant conservation efforts are serious and challenging, but there’s also a lot of love for the intelligent giants. So please enjoy this tweet from UK wildlife charity Chester Zoo showing baby elephants taking a bath.
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