Elephants in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya
© Adam Bannister/Offse
Don't forget—it’s World Elephant Day. Don't forget—it’s World Elephant Day
Today for World Elephant Day, we're at Amboseli National Park in Kenya, one of the best places in the world to see African elephants ambling on the savannah. (The views of Mount Kilimanjaro aren't too bad either.) The 390-square kilometre park, which has helped protect elephants and other African animals since it was established in 1974, is home to about 900 savannah elephants.Poaching and habitat loss have decimated elephant populations. In Africa, there are an estimated 350,000 elephants, but there are only about 40,000 Asian elephants alive today, with one in three of those living in captivity. Another depressing statistic: Every day, poachers kill about 100 African elephants for their ivory tusks, meat, and body parts, which is faster than these majestic giants can reproduce. World Elephant Day was established in 2012 to raise awareness of the plight of elephants and prompt action on their behalf.