Elephant caught on video mysteriously ‘breathing smoke’ Ancient mammoth DNA could help save threatened elephants #Canada! In recognition of #WorldElephantDay join us in asking #Ottawa to ban the legal trade in #elephant #ivory See our op-ed in today’s @globeandmail https://t.co/ns75sVGR09 #WorldElephantDay2019 #IvoryFreeCanada @cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/ZclJvvQ15h— Jane Goodall 🇨🇦 (@JaneGoodallCAN) August 12, 2019 Share your voice Splish, splash, baby elephants takin’ a bath! 💦💦Happy #WorldElephantDay! 🌏🐘😍 pic.twitter.com/Wl2c3jGTua— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) August 12, 2019 These three African elephants live in a zoo in Germany, but their wild counterparts are in danger from the ivory trade. Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/picture alliance via Getty Images August 12 is a day for big ideas about big animals. World Elephant Day stomped onto the scene in 2012 as a way to raise awareness about conservation efforts for Asian and African elephants. Anthropologist Jane Goodall, known for her work with chimpanzees, is using this day to call on the government of Canada to ban the country’s legal trade in elephant ivory. Today is #WorldElephantDay! Help @WildlifeSOS spread the word that riding elephants on vacation supports abuse. #RefusetoRide. https://t.co/3KqmdRCA8i— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 12, 2019 The elephant conservation efforts are serious and challenging, but there’s also a lot of love for the intelligent giants. So please enjoy this tweet from UK wildlife charity Chester Zoo showing baby elephants taking a bath. William Shatner of Star Trek fame put his voice behind Goodall’s Canadian ivory ban efforts. Comments Online A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List of threatened animals lists the African elephant as vulnerable and the Asian elephant as endangered.Celebrities are taking to Twitter to share the news about World Elephant Day. Actor Ricky Gervais tweeted about Refuse to Ride, an organization seeking to end the tourist practice of riding elephants. 2 The elephant ivory trade is still legal within Canada! Tell the government to stop contributing to the decimation of this keystone species. Please S&S the https://t.co/Zt1maTH3la petition today to get 500,000 signatures by #WorldElephantDay #PPT pic.twitter.com/icoyNUZUDr— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 12, 2019 Elephant matters 20 Photos Tags “Since 1980, the number of elephants in Africa has fallen from 1.3 million to just over 400,000. Currently an estimated 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory,” says the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Goodall is asking for signatures for a petition to ban the sale of ivory in Canada. It’s currently up to nearly 450,000 supporters with a goal of 500,000.