9 Fun Facts for Elephant Appreciation Day #ElephantAppreciationDay #EAD

Earlier this year I posted about my backstage tour with Ringling Bros. Circus Elephants. I was so amazed to see that group of elephants up close and learn a bit about them.

Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephants really are impressive creatures so I was happy to learn that today is Elephant Appreciation Day, a holiday founded by pachyderm lover Wayne Hepburn in 1996.

In connection with today, Ringling Bros. is sharing the best elephant content from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation™ (CEC), a 200-acre, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the conservation, breeding, and understanding of these amazing animals.

Elephant Appreciation Day

You and your family can also join in by downloading some fun materials such as this cool EleFun Facts infographic or a picture of the very first #elphie (elephant selfie) from the Elephant Appreciation Day page at www.elephantcenter.com

During this special day (and any day after) you can also helped spread the word in honor of the Asian elephant - a endangered species with only 35,000 left in the world. So it is important elephant lovers learn all they can about these special animals.

As a special treat, make sure to check out the cute videos of Mike, the newest calf born June 27, 2013, as he has fun with mud, sand piles, balls, logs and of course playtime with his mom.

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day to Mike and Elephants everywhere!

About Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation

Ringling Bros. cares for the largest herd of Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere with 44 elephants, and has more than 144 years of experience and expertise working with elephants. Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation®, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the reproduction, research and retirement of Asian elephants is home to most of these elephants: retirees, calves and their mothers, male elephants and elephants that might not prefer the circus life.

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