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Elephant Appreciation Day

Updated on March 20, 2015
Baby Elephant Baby Shower Card
Baby Elephant Baby Shower Card | Source

Have a Big, Elephant-Sized Day on September 22 - Elephant Appreciation Day!

Elephants! The largest land animal on Earth captivates us by their sheer size. A symbol of wisdom in Asia, famed for their memory and intelligence. A favorite of children in the circus or at the zoo. It is certainly an animal that deserves appreciation and we are happy to find that September 22nd is "Elephant Appreciation Day".

Elephant Appreciation Day...

is September 22!

Source

Origin of Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Appreciation Day was created in 1996 by a Sarasota, Florida businessman, Wayne Hepburn, who likes elephants. He had received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift and became fascinated by them. Soon he had a huge collection of elephant books and paraphernalia. His love of elephants led to the creation of this obscure holiday so you & I can stop and enjoy this huge, lumbering beast.

Light Gray Tubbie Wubbie Plush Elephant from Aurora World - Soft & Cute as Can Be!

From Aurora World, well known for their gift plush, stuffed animals and soft toys, comes this adorably sweet Elephant -- a Tubbie Wubbie in Light Grey.

Aurora Plush 12 inches Elephant Tubbie Wubbie (Light Grey)
Aurora Plush 12 inches Elephant Tubbie Wubbie (Light Grey)

Tubbie Wubbie is a 12 inch tall elephant (about 8" tall in a sitting position) and cuddly as can be!

 

There are Three Kinds of Elephants...

*The African Bush Elephant

* The African Forest Elephant

*The Indian or Asian Elephant

African Bush Elephant
African Bush Elephant | Source
African Forest Elephant
African Forest Elephant | Source
Asian Elephant
Asian Elephant | Source

A few fun Elephant Facts:

  1. Elephants are the largest living land animals on Earth today.
  2. An elephant calf weighs 230 lb. at birth.
  3. Elephants live for 50 to 70 years. The oldest recorded one lived for 82 years
  4. The word "elephant" is a Greek word, meaning "ivory" or "elephant".
  5. Oliphant is an ancient spelling of elephant.
  6. The elephant is an ancient symbol of 'luck', often being displayed in the home to bring Good Luck. Elephants are also thought to represent strength and protection.
  7. Elephant Festival is celebrated in Jaipur city in Rajasthan state in India. It is often held on the day of Holi, the Spring festival of colors, usually in the month of March.

Elephants are Beloved in Books!

Horton is a Favorite Elephant... - A Classic by Dr. Seuss

A favorite of children since 1954, this classic Dr. Seuss book lets a charming Elephant represent kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance in his quest to save a tiny invisible civilization - the 'Who' people.

Horton Hears a Who!
Horton Hears a Who!

Horton has been beloved by children in the 5-10 year age range since 1954. I wouldn't be surprised if grandparents who loved Horton as children in the 50s are now sharing that love with their grandchildren by reading Horton Hears a Who to them.

 

Plush Elephants are So Cuddly!

Tooterphants
Tooterphants | Source

Tooterphants

by lucyravenscar

The cleverness of creative craft designers never fail to amaze me. This pattern for a TOOTERPHANT is a perfect example. It's the creation of a young 'mum in the UK whose two young boys encouraged her to use her old crochet skills to make new toys for them. She says "I love fantasy and nature, and so I like to make creatures that might just exist, somewhere.".

To that end we are presented with the most delightful and original plush Elephant... er, Tooterphant ... you'll ever want to meet (and perhaps crochet yourself). Tooterphants are friendly little creatures, similar in shape to elephants but with wide trunks that they like to make tooting noises with. They are also quite acrobatic, and enjoy climbing on top of each other.

The Tooterphant pattern and many other amigurumi crochet patterns for all sorts of cute creatures and geeky guys (like the Star Wars figures in crochet) can be found in her Etsy Shop lucyravenscar.

Hand-Knitted Elmer the Elephant
Hand-Knitted Elmer the Elephant | Source

Hand-Knitted Patchwork Elephant - Cuddly and Cute!

Plush Handmade Knitted Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is the cutest creation of a knitted patchwork elephant inspired by the 'Elmer' books.

Hand-crafted by Sharon of Australia, this adorable cuddly knitted elephant can be found in her Etsy Shop Snuggly Critters.

So soft, cute & cuddly, this Pink Baby Elephant is perfect for a new baby's layette or baby shower. This sweet plush toy has beans in the bottom so it can 'sit'.

The Great Elephant Caper!

From The Pumpkin Nook, the "Internet Library for Pumpkins" comes this amusing tale from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY about 'Elephants' and a 'Giant Pumpkin'..... The Great Elephant Caper.

Wear Elephants on Your Clothes!

Elephants T-Shirt
Elephants T-Shirt | Source

Watercolor Elephants on Parade...

Cute Toddler Tee

Watercolor Elephants marching across a cute T-shirt for a Toddler

Recipe of the Day

For Elephant Appreciation Day

HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER

Homemade Peanut Butter - is Recipe of the Day

What would be more perfect to eat on Elephant Appreciation Day than a Peanut Butter sandwich? For a real treat, make your own Homemade Peanut Butter (recipe).

Flower of the Day

On Elephant Appreciation Day

"Elephant Ear" Plant

Elephant Ear Plant (Xanthosoma)
Elephant Ear Plant (Xanthosoma) | Source

The "Elephant Ear" Plant! - is Flower of the Day

The leaves of this plant are VERY big and have the shape of 'elephant ears', which is how they got their name, the "Elephant Ear" plant. It is appropriate that the Elephant Ear plant is the "Flower of the Day" for 'Elephant Appreciation Day'.


EAT an Elephant Ear

Elephant Ear Fried Doughnut
Elephant Ear Fried Doughnut | Source

Elephant Ear Fried Doughnut! - The perfect snack on a day you are appreciating your elephant! :)

The Elephant Ear Fried Doughnut is a favorite at outdoor food stands at amusement parks and fairs. It's fried, then sprinkled with a variety of toppings. The perfect treat for 'Elephant Appreciation Day'

(*From an article on Fried Dough. Read the rest of this description of the Elephant Ear Doughnut on Wikipedia).

© 2012 Wednesday-Elf

Let's Appreciate Elephants on September 22, and Every Day!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      There has always been such a fascination with elephants, Marsha. Perhaps BECAUSE of their huge size. Thanks for visiting my Elephant Appreciation page.

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      Marsha Cooper 2 years ago

      Elephants are huge but I still find them to be cute for some reason and baby elephants are just adorable.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Any day is a good day to 'appreciate' your elephant friends, Buckhawk. Glad you enjoyed my tribute to elephants.

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      BuckHawkcenter 3 years ago

      I'm celebrating Elephant Day a day late, but still loving every minute of it. You have presented a great compilation of elephant information, toys and delights to share for this great day. Thoroughly loved reading all through it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Happy Elephant Appreciate Day! Elephants are such awesome animals and I love all of your little featured elephants.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Having your wooden elephant keep you company while you work online today will most likely bring you wonderful inspiration, Brite-ideas. Terrific idea!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      They're so smart aren't they. I have a wooden carving of an elephant, I think I'll bring it downstairs and put it beside my laptop to give me more luck as I work! (I'm serious, gonna do it!)

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Well then I imagine you 'appreciate elephants' EVERY day, Heather. :) Thanks for stopping by. Happy Elephant Appreciate Day to you.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      How cool, Mary Beth. I envy your sister getting to see elephants in the wild in their natural habitat.

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      Heather Burns 3 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      totally love elephants. have an elephant room even!

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      How very clever. I love this hub. I am sharing it with my sister. She just returned from an African safari and I'm sure she'll appreciate Elephant appreciation day!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Elephants really are just awesome animals! I agree! Let's appreciate elephants everyday!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Diana Wenzel: Your Elephant Quiz is perfect for my 'appreciation' of elephants page. Us "Elephant Lovers" gotta stick together! :)

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Hello again - since we Elephant Lovers need to stick together, I thought I'd let you know that I found another Elephantophile (not a real word, of course -- but I'll have to see if there is a word for "elephant lover" - perhaps "pachydermophile"?) on Squidoo. It is RenaissanceWoman2010 and her lens on elephants (http://www.squidoo.com/elephant-quiz) is great and fun, too!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      As you know, I adore elephants and will certainly celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day (every day). Thanks for featuring my elephant quiz here. Appreciated!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @LoriBeninger: Thanks so much for finding RenaissanceWoman's lens & quiz on elephants. I've shared her page here with yours & mine. :) We should definitely coin a word like "pachydermophile" for our appreciation for and love of Elephants!

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      I want to celebrate all over again, now! Your lens is so fun (and I WANT one of the Etsy orange elephants with the polka-dot ears). Thank you for the plug for both lens and book...I agree, we elephant lovers should stick together!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Fun - nice job on this lens!

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      CoolKarma 4 years ago

      I didn't know there was an elephant appreciation day. I have marked it on my calendar to celebrate in 2013. Amazing animals.

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      AshleyCarew1 5 years ago

      Got to appreciate an elephant, just not the one in the corner of the room!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I nearly forgot: I do like elephants, but monkeys on the other hand are not worth knowing in my opinion. As much as they look like people, they are really nasty little critters and should be avoided at all costs. That's my opinon which has been formed from knowing many monkeys during my lifetime.

      TonyB

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have never seen any of the African elephants, but when I was In Thailand I got to meet and know two Asian elephants over an eight month period. They were great folks to get to know. Hard workers and fun to be around.

      TonyB

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens Elf It was a fun read and I love all of the elephant pictures.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me, I did not know about Elephant Appreciation Day but am quite partial to elephants since I am a proud Republican. Loved seeing all these elephants.

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      Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Lovely page with some great elephant gift ideas. I love the tooterphants.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Great Lens, I love it!

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Lots of fun things for the kids. Well done.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      great lens...loved to read it...it reminds me at the Elephant Parade, what is on this moment in our town...

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What a cool lens...love that crochet elephant

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, I love elephants and these are all adorable! Horton is one of my all time favorite children's book characters :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      What a great tribute to this magnificent animal! Love Elmer! It's great to be different.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Elephants are adorable! You have made me aware of a wacky, silly new holiday. I love it!