Photos: World Elephant Day

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An Indian elephant sprays himself with water to cool off on a hot day at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Aug. 12, is World Elephant Day, an internationally recognized event that started in 2012 to bring awareness about the slaughter of thousands of elephants in Asia and Africa every year. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) An Indian elephant sprays himself with water to cool off on a hot day at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Aug. 12, is World Elephant Day, an internationally recognized event that started in 2012 to bring awareness about the slaughter of thousands of elephants in Asia and Africa every year. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

People around the world honor World Elephant Day today. There are about 500,000 elephants remaining and the population is at constant threat from poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict. View a gallery of the cutest Elephantidae Proboscidea here: