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World Elephant Day was an initiative taken by filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark along with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in 2011 to highlight the difficulties faced by this endangered wildlife species like habitat loss, poaching and being mistreated in captivity. World Elephant Day was first celebrated on 12th August, 2012 and since then it has aimed to spread awareness amongst people to render benevolence towards these magnificent creatures and stand against illegal poaching and trading for ivory. The founders have fiercely believed that this initiative is a rallying call for assembled support from everyone to prevent illegal poaching, trade of Elephant ivory and protect habitats of all wildlife by providing them better alternatives via sanctuaries and other means for domesticated Elephants to live freely. Every year, new possible ways are brainstormed to raise awareness to protect these precious animals and help them protect the biodiversity of rainforests. This initiative has helped large ignorant masses to understand the critical threats faced by these Elephants and have a holistic insight of knowledge on a much more positive management of wild or captive Elephants.

As Karnataka houses the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to the largest number of pachyderms in the country, the officials of the Forest Department of the State leave no tables unturned to have an elated celebration. Karnataka comprises 50% of the total Elephant population of all the southern states and definitely has the highest elephant numbers in the country followed by Assam and Kerala. According to the last statistics of 2017, there is an average count of 2 Elephants per sq. km in the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary which stretches across 843 sq. km. With vast stretches of dense untouched fauna and rainforests, Karnataka has other significant and famous wildlife sanctuaries apart from Nagarhole that are dedicated to preserve the endangered wildlife of the area. Bandipur National Park, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and B R Hills are few other safe havens of the state that houses Elephants in huge numbers.

World Elephant Day was an initiative taken by filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark along with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in 2011 to highlight the difficulties faced by this endangered wildlife species like habitat loss, poaching and being mistreated in captivity. World Elephant Day was first celebrated on 12th August , 2012 and since then it has aimed to spread awareness amongst people to render benevolence towards these magnificent creatures and stand against illegal poaching and trading for ivory. The founders have fiercely believed that this initiative is a rallying call for assembled support from everyone to prevent illegal poaching, trade of elephant ivory and protect habitats of all wildlife by providing them better alternatives via sanctuaries and other means for domesticated elephants to live freely. Every year, new possible ways are brainstormed to raise awareness to protect these precious animals and help them protect the biodiversity of rainforests. This initiative has helped large ignorant masses to understand the critical threats faced by these elephants and have a holistic insight of knowledge on a much more positive management of wild or captive elephants.

As Karnataka houses the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to the largest number of pachyderms in the country, the officials of the Forest Department of the State leave no tables unturned to have an elated celebration. Karnataka comprises 50% of the total Elephant population of all the southern states and definitely has the highest elephant numbers in the country followed by Assam and Kerala. According to the last statistics of 2017, there is an average count of 2 Elephants per sq. km in the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary which stretches across 843 sq. km. With vast stretches of dense untouched fauna and rainforests, Karnataka has other significant and famous wildlife sanctuaries apart from Nagarhole that are dedicated to preserve the endangered wildlife of the area. Bandipur National Park, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and B R Hills are few other safe havens of the state that houses Elephants in huge numbers.

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