Indore: City zoo will be organising various fun-filled activities for visitors on the occasion of World Elephant Day on Saturday, the August 12. However, major point of attraction will be an event, which will provide elephant lovers with an opportunity to meet the eldest elephant in the zoo, ‘Moti’ up close between 3 pm and 5 pm.
Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and secretary-general of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, Sivaporn Dardarananda, the day was officially launched and supported by the filmmaker duo and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012.
“Since its inception, Patricia Sims continues to lead and direct World Elephant Day, which is now supported by over 65 wildlife organisations and numerous individuals in countries across the globe,” shared zoo education officer Nihar Parulekar.
Citing, habitat loss, poaching, mistreatment and fight for resources between human and elephants, Parulekar said “There are many issues with Asian and African elephants, which lead to reduction in their population.”
“Elephants are one of the most gentle and loving animals, but we fail to conserve their population, because of various conflicts,” Parulekar rued. He thus explained that the city zoo is organising these activities on the occasion to resolve the conflict and developing a harmonious connection between man and the lovely animal.
Talking about the event, Parulekar said, “We have designed the event to encourage people connect closely with elephants, and so, we would be bringing them a little closer to visitors than normal.” He also clarified that arrangements are made to make the experience safe and exciting.
Besides, stories about experiences with elephants would be shared by participants as well as officers under the programme to instil sensitivity towards the animal.