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Government to hold National Thai Elephant Day celebration

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Demonstration at the Elephant Festival in Surin

Demonstration at the Elephant Festival in Surin. Photo: Luc Ockers.

BANGKOK, 26 January 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is prepared to organize the National Thai Elephant Day celebration to raise public awareness of the pachyderm conservation and to remind people of the legendary Thai elephants.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk revealed that the celebration will be held at Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang province from February 3-5. The event is aimed at raising awareness of elephant conservation and informing people of the importance of elephants, who have been playing major roles in the Thai history.

With the recent reports of widespread elephant poaching and killing for ivories, the number of Thai pachyderms has been reducing significantly. Besides, the animals have also fallen victims to attacks and road accidents. Many wild elephants have become crippled and died.

The National Thai Elephant Day celebration will also be held to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday anniversary, as well as to promote tourism in areas under the jurisdiction of the Forestry Industry Organization.

National News Bureau of Thailand

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