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Elephant Day 2014: 5 Stories About The Magnificent, Threatened Animals
August 12, 2014
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One Of Africa's Largest Elephants Killed As Poaching Remains 'Alarmingly High'

Today is the third annual World Elephant Day, an international campaign to draw attention to the plight of the planet's largest land mammals. Both main subspecies — the African and the Asian — are officially considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with fewer than 40,000 of the smaller Asian elephants remaining in the wild.

And the outlook for the majestic creatures isn't looking good: last year, an estimated 20,000 elephants were killed for their ivory. Others die from to habitat loss due to deforestation, farming and mining.

As alarming as these facts are, they probably aren't news to regular readers of, where stories about elephants are among our most popular posts. In the gallery above, we've collected five of our favourites.

When she was last in the red chair, Dr. Jane Goodall spoke with George about animal emotions and the tight family bonds of elephants.

And for a look at some other animals to be worried about, check out the IUCN's Red List, which tracks theatened species.


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