Elephant – The gentle giant
Elephants! The gentle giants have always fascinated Man, children clap with glee on seeing elephants whether it be in the zoo, circus or hauling heavy loads on the road. The association of Man and Elephant goes a long way back in history. Elephants were used as ‘working animals’ as far back as the Indus Valley Civilization (3300 BC – 1700 BC). Elephants have been part of many a war in history, the earliest reference of Elephants in warfare is found in the Indian Epic Mahabharata, written in the 4th Century BC, but said to depict events that occurred between the 11th and 8th Century BC.
However the population of elephants across the world is dwindling because of the threats faced from poaching for Ivory and urbanization. The need of the hour is to ensure the safety and survival of these magnificent animals who are worshipped as God in many countries.
August, 12th is World Elephant Day, as conceived in 2011 by Canadian Filmmakers Patricia Slims and Michael Clark and a Thailand foundation as a bid to raise awareness to the threats faced by the Elephant worldwide.
Here is a unique Elephant Sanctuary you must visit:
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary
This sanctuary is situated in Northern Thailand and was founded by Katherine Connor in memory of a Baby Elephant named Boon Lott, which means ‘Survivor’ in Thai. The sanctuary is rendering yeoman service in rescuing and protecting elephants in Thailand from abuse and extinction. Visitors to the sanctuary can interact with the elephants in an environment of love and peace.
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