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10 adorable photos (and a video) celebrating World Elephant Day

Here's something worth celebrating in the dog days of summer: World Elephant Day.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, in partnership with the 96 Elephants campaign and dozens of zoos worldwide, will commemorate it on Tuesday.

We're celebrating it by giving you this photo gallery featuring the adorable pachyderms, plus a fun baby elephant video from our archives.

Over at Lowry Park, the zoo will be holding special events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to inform guests about its herd of six African elephants. Three of the elephants were airlifted from Africa more than a decade ago.

The zoo is part of a global movement known as 96 Elephants, a coalition of wildlife partners focused on three primary goals: securing a U.S. moratorium on illegal ivory, bolstering protection of African elephants and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis. Increasing demand for ivory is driving African forest elephants to extinction.

One hundred and eighteen North American zoos are partners of 96 Elephants.

On World Elephant Day, supporters will be asked to "Go Grey" by wearing a grey ribbon or wearing something grey. Participants can then take "elphies" with their Go Grey ribbons or hold signs of support and post images on social media using the hashtag #GoGrey. Several celebrities have already posted elphies, including Alyssa Milano and Audra McDonald.

In addition, 96 Elephants is organizing a "Thunderclap" where people can sign up on Twitter for a simultaneous Tweet on World Elephant Day. During the day, @96Elephants will tweet out 96 facts about elephants (one every 15 minutes).

According to the zoo's press release, although international ivory trade has been banned since 1989, poaching elephants throughout Africa is at unprecedented levels and most large herds are trending toward extinction by 2020. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has supported acquiring additional land to increase protected areas for elephants in Africa, anti-poaching programs and public education in Swaziland.

Learn more at 96elephants.org.

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