22 Sep '11, 4pm

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day

The artist above is Karishma, a 13-year-old Asian elephant at the U.K.'s Whipsnade Zoo. If you happen to be in the U.K. this weekend, you can appreciate Karishma in person — a selection of her artwork will be on display in honor of Elephant Appreciation Day . Many other zoos around the world are also holding events this week to celebrate the holiday, but regardless of what you do, the point of Elephant Appreciation Day is mainly to popularize the animals and their plight, laying a groundwork of appreciation that will lead to more coordinated action. As Save the Elephants founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton tells the WSJ, "now that we've had almost 20 years of cease-fire, people have become complacent, and we need renewed interest."

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/happy-elep...

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