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World Elephant Day celebrated across the globe
The World Elephant Day got celebrated across the globe on August 12 to create awareness about the preservation and protection of the world's elephants by the animal activists and environmentalists.

The day was observed in India too, with the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, launching the event 'Gaj Yatra' as a nationwide campaign to protect elephants on the occasion of World Elephant Day with an aim to cover 12 elephant range states, said an official release.

The observance was conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, which is now supported by over 65 wildlife organisations worldwide.

The observance is meant to stress the need for better care and management of captive and wild elephants.

On the occasion of observance in India, Dr Vardhan said that efforts for elephant conservation must bring about a qualitative improvement by the next World Elephant Day.

He also released the documents titled "All India Census 2017 Report on Elephants", "Agreed Points of Action on Trans-Boundary Conservation of Elephants by India and Bangladesh" and "Right of Passage" on elephant corridors in India.

Currently, human-elephant conflict is a main concern, due to urbanization and rise in human population; the forest cover is fast decreasing. This is forcing elephants into close proximity with human settlements resulting into rampage, crop damage and economic losses.

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