Jumbo celebration


Thai villagers feeding elephants during an event to mark National Elephant Day at a camp in Ayutthaya province yesterday. The annual event celebrates and draws public attention to more concerted efforts to save the species and protect its habitat. It also shows how important the animal is to the country. Thailand has witnessed a severe decline in its elephant population, with fewer than 3,000 wild elephants left in the kingdom.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Jumbo celebration'. Subscribe