What's Changed for Elephants 2016

Written by Anne Dillon, with Patricia Sims

It’s the fifth annual World Elephant Day. What’s happening in the elephant world, and has anything really changed for them?  In 2012, the World Elephant Day campaign was created as a rallying point for elephant conservation organizations and individuals worldwide...Read More »

New Jersey Ivory Crush

Join us on World Elephant Day in Jersey City and support the enactment of a total and complete ivory sales ban worldwide, once and for all.

Speakers that will be taking the stage:
• German Ambassador Heiko Thoms
• David Gacheru, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Kenya Embassy
•...Read More »

William Shatner's Message for World Elephant Day 2016

William Shatner is a huge advocate for elephant conservation, and has been a supporter of World Elephant Day since its launch on August 12, 2012.  Mr. Shatner is the narrator of the film “Return to the Forest”, which tells the story of  the Read More »

Interview with World Elephant Day Co-Founder and When Elephants Were Young Director Patricia Sims


Purchase When Elephants Were Young

Interview by Anne Dillon

Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims has always had a thing for large-brained megafauna of the earth—dolphins and whales—and following that, the land mammals. To learn more about these amazing animals, she took to filming stories about them. Formally a narrative filmmaker, she switched to the...Read More »

A Path for Appu by G. Anjali Durepo

A wonderful new children’s book about elephants has recently come to our attention and we wanted to share news of it with you!  A Path for Appu is a lovely tale of a young orphaned elephant who is all alone in the world before being discovered by an female adult...Read More »

Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott

After living among elephants in Zimbabwe for 13 years, Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott highlights the myriad problems that face both elephants and those who dedicate their lives to help protect them. It’s a story about becoming one with them; how these amazing wild, free-roaming giants accept – and indeed...Read More »

Elephant Children's Book: Once Upon An Elephant by Linda Stanek

Once Upon an Elephant is a beautifully designed and written story, suitable for children as young as four years old up to four or fifth graders. By using a child-oriented language the story tells the important role elephants play in their environment. It shows that their existence is crucial for...Read More »

"Reflections of Elephants" Book Launch on World Elephant Day

Reflections of Elephants features the astonishing photographs from acclaimed photographer Bobby-Jo Clow and writings from award winning David Blissett. In Reflections of Elephants, Bobby- Clow captures every aspect of elephant life. Blissett and Clow hope to raise awareness and funds for conservation efforts for elephants. Part of their sales will...Read More »

#EleeDraw Coloring Challenge

Color a better world for Elephants with #EleeDraw

This year for World Elephant Day we are raising awareness for elephants by sharing an elephant-themed coloring page that engages people of all ages and all parts of the world. The #EleeDraw is a...Read More »

'When Elephants Were Young' at Film Festivals

When Elephants Were Young is the new feature documentary produced and directed by World Elephant Day Co-Founder Patricia Sims.

Narrated by William Shatner, the film portrays a young man and a young elephant struggling to survive in Bangkok until the opportunity comes to release the elephant to protected forest...Read More »

Get Ready for World Elephant Day 2015

Calling All Elephant Advocates and World Elephant Day Associates!

Just an elephant nudge to remind you that the fourth annual World Elephant Day is coming up on August 12, 2015!

We are all too aware of the imminent threats that will, in the not-too-distant future, wipe out wild...Read More »

The Third Annual World Elephant Day: August 12, 2014

World Elephant Day has arrived! This is a special day to celebrate and honor elephants around the world, our achievements to protect them, and our hope for their future.

Elephant conservation continues to face complex challenges. We lost two of the world’s most iconic bull elephants this year, Satao and Mountain...Read More »

World Elephant Day 2014 Press Release


CONTACT: Jean Shirk, Shirk Media at 510-332-4195

On the third annual World Elephant Day, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, people around the world plan actions and activities to help save increasingly threatened African and Asian elephants

(Earth, August 5, 2014) Tuesday, August 12, 2014, is...Read More »

World Elephant Day 2013 - Stand Up for Elephants

The second annual World Elephant Day Aug 12 is here!   It’s a day to bring people together to help elephants.  It’s also a day to remind us that the world’s elephants are in crisis.

Since the first World Elephant Day...Read More »

Return to the Forest Back Online!

In light of the international campaigns underway to stop all ivory trade and the upcoming CITES conference in Thailand, we are releasing Return to the Forest for people to screen for free online until March 28, 2013.

Return to the Forest is the story of the Elephant...Read More »

Elephants Never Forget

Filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark, the creators of the Return to the Forest documentary narrated by William Shatner launched on World Elephant Day, are completing their next documentary called “Elephants Never Forget“.  

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Return to the Forest in Hollywood

On behalf of the World Elephant Day team and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, we wish to thank everyone who helped us spread the word for World Elephant Day and watch our documentary “Return to the Forest”.  The big day was a huge success! We connected with international elephant organizations  interested...Read More »

Return to the Forest Gala Screening

The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation co-founded and supported the inaugural World Elephant Day initiative on August 12. In honour of World Elephant Day, the Foundation held a special Gala screening for Return to the Forest film at the Cineplex-Paragon theatre in Bangkok on August 14. Over 250 invited guests, Foundation...Read More »

Happy World Elephant Day!

Announcing the World Premiere of the “RETURN TO THE FOREST” documentary Narrated by William Shatner

“Return to the Forest” is the heartfelt story of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and its mission to return captive Asian elephants back to the wild in Thailand. August 12, 2012 is the...Read More »

Remote Heli-Filming with Elephants

Finding the best way to film the vastness of the Sublangka wildlife sanctuary in Central Thailand was a challenge.

Sublangka is one of the three protected forest habitats in Thailand where the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation releases captive elephants back to the wild. This expansive forest where the...Read More »

Auction of Original Painting for World Elephant Day

We’re pleased to announce that the auction for the original painting entitled     “Nong-Mai and Pompam Replaced” is launched!

Millie Young, a UK artist and animator, created her latest original work “Nong-Mai and Pompam Replaced” in celebration of World Elephant Day.  The painting is inspired by...Read More »

Welcome to the World Elephant Day Website!

Thank you for visiting the World Elephant Day website. We are excited to have launched and are looking forward to hearing from fellow elephant lovers on how we might continue to get the word out. We welcome suggestions for content that you’d like to see covered on the...Read More »

The dark side of the Elephant business

These are troubled times in the land of elephants. Back in early January, the Thai and international press reported on the alarming and tragic poaching of wild elephants from the Kaeng Krachan National Park in west Thailand, the country’s largest national park, which borders Myanmar.

What has...Read More »

Life as an Elephant

It’s not easy to be an elephant these days. African elephants are threatened by the relentless poaching frenzy that is slaughtering over 100 elephants per day throughout Africa.

Asian elephants, are critically endangered by rapid habitat loss, causing them to raid croplands in search of food, leading...Read More »

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