From our herd to yours, Happy World Elephant Day! August 12th is globally recognized as a day we celebrate elephants in all of their majesty and wonder, but we know that you think about elephants every day because it’s your support that makes our work possible!

Thanks in part to your generous donations through the Crayons for Kibale program, 240 families in 10 villages were given packets of school supplies like paper, pencils, and crayons. With these supplies children were asked to submit drawings and stories of the forest and forest animals. Their work (and the results of your support) is featured throughout this eNewsletter.

You can help elephants on World Elephant Day. Show your support in one of these many ways:

Creating Conservationists of Tomorrow:
Children Storytelling & Drawing Competition in Uganda

In honor of World Elephant Day, IEF is celebrating a project that creates the conservationists of tomorrow. School children in the communities around Kibale National Park, Uganda have missed nearly two years of school and two years of conservation education and outreach programs during the most impressionable time for learning. Without in-person school, many children are going hungry without the meals the schools provide, and girls are marrying earlier and forever changing their life paths. Concerned for the children and believing their minds needed to be nourished despite the pandemic, project leaders were able to pivot and literally began broadcasting their conservation messaging over radio across the land. These shows are reaching a radius of 30 miles, almost all of Kabarole District which has a population of 400,000 people.

This program is showing such success changing attitudes and the kids are so excited to participate that there are plans to add more villages and adjust the radio broadcast time to the evening so families are able to listen together.

More Ways You Can Help Elephants on World Elephant Day

This World Elephant Day, you can make a difference! Help us make sure the next generation of elephants doesn’t only live in picture books.

Here’s how you can help elephants today:

1. Sponsor An Elephant. The Big Tuskers and Iconic Females of Tsavo, Kenya have ivory weighing over 100 pounds per tusk. These are the elephants of storybooks. But their gorgeously massive ivory makes them a huge target for poachers. You can support efforts to protect them by symbolically adopting one of these majestic creatures.

2. Wear your love of elephants and wildlife on your sleeve by purchasing apparel from from August 8th-August 12th when Animal Pride will donate 100% of their net proceeds from all sales and products (not just elephant products) sold on to IEF. Funds raised will be used to support elephant protection and conservation projects including stopping poachers, preventing wildlife crime, helping communities safely coexist with elephants, protecting habitats, and developing treatments and vaccines for elephant diseases. Plus, there are brand new, EXCLUSIVE World Elephant Day designs in the Animal Pride IEF Store!

3. Like, comment, and share IEF’s posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to help spread the word about elephants and conservation.

4. Start with a Smile anytime you shop on Amazon. Select the International Elephant Foundation as your charitable organization & Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price to help support elephant conservation! Just visit