The 12th of August is World Elephant Day. Wild Elephant Valley is located in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan, China. The management of this scenic area joined hands with the Xishuangbanna Elephant Protection Association for a festive activity that celebrated the elephants in the region. They hoped this activity would help increase public awareness of the conservation efforts that help protect the elephants, and initiate the establishment of an Asian elephant wildlife reserve.
18 Asian elephants visited the 'elephant dining hall', where they enjoyed bananas, pineapples, dragon fruit, and many other kinds of fresh fruit. Together the elephants consumed 3 tons of fruit.
The theme of the World Elephant Day this year was 'building a harmonious homeland for elephants together'. The activities included interviews with experts on elephant wildlife preservation, an exhibition of stories about the ways in which elephants are supported, a parade of elephants, a celebration of elephants, and a fruit banquet.
The Asian elephant is the largest and most representative extant vertebrate in Asia. The Asian elephant falls in category I of the national wildlife protection program. Most Asian elephants live in 3 places in Yunnan: Xishuangbanna, Pu'er, and Lincang. There are about 300 Asian elephants left.