The ideal way to mark the day is to donate to a charity helping elephants or organise an event in aid of these beautiful but threatened beasts. You could also watch a wildlife film about elephants or sign a petition to raise awareness.
April 16th is the anniversary of Elephant Nature Park in Thailand moving to its permanent location.
Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park is a 250-acre sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants in the Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai Province, approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Chiang Mai City. Founded in the 1990s, the project's aim is to provide sanctuary for distressed elephants from all over Thailand. Set in a natural valley, bordered by a river, and surrounded by forested mountains the sanctuary and surrounding area offers a glimpse of rural life.
In an area which abounds with elephant parks and camps, this is the only one which rescues mistreated elephants, allows them heal and to live naturally in their self-chosen family groups. The emphasis is on rescue and conservation rather than 'shows' or training. Over 400 Dogs, 50 Buffalo, 30 Cats, 2 Horses, 2 Pigs, a Macaque and a Cow, also live peacefully at the park.
The park is open to visitors all year round. Day trips and overnight stays can be arranged as can longer-term volunteer placements.