Update: Washington to vote on endangered species sales ban

April 2015


This November, Washington state voters will have the opportunity to vote YES to doing our part to save endangered species from extinction.

Initiative 1401 will strengthen laws banning sales of endangered species products in Washington, significantly decreasing our state’s contribution to the unprecedented rate of animal poaching for body parts. Protected animals under this legislation include elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks and rays. These animals are the most trafficked species threatened with extinction.

You can help! Look for signature gatherers at the grocery store, stop and sign the petition to get I-1401 on the ballot. And then on November 3, please vote YES on I-1401.

Photo credits: 
Pangolin: Boniface Osujaki/Tarangire Elephant Project, a Woodland Park Zoo Partner for Wildlife.
African elephant: Peter Steward via Flickr 
Malayan tiger: Razak Abu Bakar via Flickr 
Rhino: Jim Frost via Flickr


Update: Ivory legislation fails in Washington

February 2015

We’re disappointed to share the news that legislation to #BanIvoryWA failed to pass in Olympia this year. Special interest groups opposing the bipartisan House and Senate bills fought hard to put the protection of ivory products above the protection of elephants.

Our sincere thanks to you all and to Rep. Pettigrew and Sen. Litzow for getting us this far with bipartisan House Bill 1131 and Senate Bill 5241. Now there’s more work to do.


If you believe no one needs ivory more than elephants, then we need your help.

Next year we’ll bring this legislation back to Olympia and we’ll need to be louder than before to contend with the opposition. We need voices all over the state—from Aberdeen to Zillah—to stand up for elephants.

Talk to your friends, ask them to join the herd, and sign up for news through the pledge form at the right to be on the inside track for the next round in Olympia.

The herd will be heard.


Woodland Park Zoo Projects Protecting Elephants in the Field

The zoo's work continues in the field through collaborations with our Partners for Wildlife, Tarangire Conservation Project in Africa and Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation Project in Asia. Every time you visit the zoo, you help make this work possible. See what impact we are having together. 

In Africa

In Tanzania, Woodland Park Zoo partners with the Tarangire Elephant Project to put rangers on the ground to patrol against and deter poachers.

Tarangire Elephant Project supports a network of 33 village game scouts in seven villages who serve as anti-poaching patrol. In 2013, scouts helped make 10 poacher arrests in the newest Wildlife Management Area under their patrol, the Makame Wildlife Management Area southeast of Tarangire National Park.

Get the latest updates from Tarangire Elephant Project


In Asia

The ivory crisis is most urgent in Africa, but Asian elephants are highly endangered and have their own threats that imperil populations, including growing human populations, loss of habitat and increasing human/elephant conflicts.

The Hutan Elephant Conservation Unit has successfully combined traditional knowledge of local wildlife with intensive, expert training to reduce the extent of damage caused by elephants to villagers’ crops, which in turn has reduced the occurrence of retaliation killings.

Get the latest updates from Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation Program


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