Aerial photo taken on Aug. 9, 2020 shows a wild elephant walking through the cornfield in Menghai County in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province. About 280 wild Asian elephants, the largest wild Asian elephant population in the country, live in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. (Xinhua/Chen Xinbo)
BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A gentle giant with a kind heart. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.
August 12 marks World Elephant Day, an international annual event to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into the wild are the goals to help save elephants.
On this special day, let's bring the world together and strengthen our commitment towards elephant conservation.
Caregiver Luo Shuncai takes care of Asian elephants in a jungle near the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center in Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Nov. 12, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Mangmang)
A 6-day-old baby Asian elephant walks with his mother "La Petite" at the Ramat Gan Safari in the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan on March 24, 2020. (Markowicz Gideon/JINI via Xinhua)
A medical team from a rehabilitation center checks a 24-year-old Sumatran elephant during pregnancy by using ultrasonography (USG) in Riau, Indonesia, Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo by Afrianto Silalahi/Xinhua)
Kids play with elephants during the Elephant Festival in a tributary of Mekong River in northern Lao province of Xayaboury, on Feb. 22, 2020. (Photo by Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua)
An elephant is loaded on a truck by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials in Kitengela, Kajiado County, Kenya, May 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)
Contractors of Singapore's National Parks Board (NParks) move the seized elephant ivory for destruction to commemorate World Elephant Day, which falls on Aug. 12, in one of NParks' facilities in Singapore on Aug. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)■