Celebrate World Elephant Day With These Beautiful Elephants

08/12/2015 12:26 EDT | Updated 08/12/2015 12:59 EDT
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An Asian elephant beats the heat by gathering water from a sprinkler with his trunk, at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten Zoo August 10, 2015 as tempertures rose past the 30 degreemark.. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy World Elephant Day!

August 12 is a day when animal lovers around the world take a moment to appreciate and help spread the word of current threats that affect these mammals. According to the World Elephant Day campaign, one out of every three Asian elephants left in the world is in captivity. And with poaching and the ivory industry continuing to be in demand, elephants are often in danger in their natural habitats.

There are several reasons why some cultures and communities may feel close to elephants. In some religions, like Hinduism for example, elephants are considered holy. And with characteristics that make them human-like — they grieve, work in teams and have a sense of self — many may feel an emotional connection to them.

But what can you do today? The campaign suggests educating yourself by watching or hosting a screening of the elephant documentary "Return to the Forest," or helping spread the word of Elephant Day on social media.

To give you some inspiration, take a look at 15 stunning pictures of elephants in their day-to-day lives from all over the world.