August 12, 2015 is World Elephant Day. It's a day where people around the world help bring attention to protect and celebrate elephants. The elephant is loved by many, yet they are on the brink of extinction due to the high demand of ivory. 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa for their ivory tusks. Their tusks are elongated incisors (teeth) used for digging, stripping bark, defending themselves, and to move large obstacles, such as logs, out of the way.
There are two species of elephants. Asian and African. What is the easiest way to tell them apart? The African elephant has enormous ears which are uniquely shaped like the continent of Africa. The Asian elephant's have much smaller ears.
When Betty turned 89, January 17, 2011, she received a very special gift from the crew of the show "Hot in Cleveland". They adopted an injured African elephant in her name. The baby elephant is from an animal orphanage in Nairobi and will be protected forever.
Show your support today for these amazing animals and "Go Grey." Wear grey clothing, grey jewelry, grey hair, head bands, get fancy, and do whatever you can to help support these magnificent creatures.
For other ways to help save elephants go to http://www.96elephants.org/