September 22nd was National Elephant Appreciation Day. We know there’s a day for everything these days and maybe that’s annoying, but we can’t not mention it, since we are named after elephants.
But what is National Elephant Appreciation Day? And why are elephants so amazing? In this article, we’ll show you why we chose to name our business after these majestic creatures.
First, we need to start by telling you why elephants are so incredible. Since their population is declining because of poachers and the environmental impacts of our existence, many people appreciate these animals from afar, but do not understand just what an epic loss it would be if we were to drive them to extinction.
To help you understand just how incredible they are, here are our favourite facts about elephants.
National Elephant Appreciation Day was started in 1996 to raise awareness of the plight of elephants and the actions we need to take to protect them.
We’ve missed it this year, but if you want to observe elephants next year, we recommend you visit them in your local zoo.
You should also take some time to learn about the conservation of elephants and how you can help eliminate poaching.
There are some incredible books you can read about elephants, including ‘The Elephant Whisperer’ by Lawrence Anthony or Love, Live and Elephants: An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick. Both books will help you better understand how magnificent elephants are and how much danger they are in.
You can also post your support and appreciation for elephants on the hashtag #ElephantAppreciationDay.
The best way to help elephants is to learn about their plight and to talk about it, whether that is in person with people or online.
Elephants are in a lot of danger. We’ve wiped out millions of them in just a few short decades.
If you have the means to, you can also adopt an elephant through a charity like WWF. They say that forty-seven elephants a day are killed for their tusks and shrinking habitat is a major threat to both species.
If you adopt an elephant, you’ll get a cuddly toy, a welcome pack, regular updates about WWF and their work with elephants, a certificate, and a background for your computer.
WWF protects habitats and restore damaged biological corridors, train and equip anti-poaching patrols, and work with local communities to monitor movement and reduce human-elephant conflict.
We like to think we’re doing a little bit extra for elephants when we make our mattresses environmentally friendly. Ely mattresses are made from recyclable materials, which means they won’t spend years rotting in a landfill, and because our materials are all natural, there’s no huge industrial process involved with making them.
You can buy cheaper, more environmentally damaging mattresses online, though we know it is unlikely you do this by choice. To help you swallow the cost, we offer 0% interest free credit on mattresses, so if you’re concerned about paying a little more to protect the planet, there is no need.
It’s really important that we all take steps towards a greener future, for the sake of elephants and other animals like them. We hope you will join us u=on this journey.