JOIN THE HERD. SAVE ELEPHANTS.
More than 5,200 pledges and counting!
On World Elephant Day, August 12, 2014, we sent more than 3,500 signatures to elected officials calling for an end to ivory sales in Washington state. Since then, an additional 1,677 pledges have been collected in overwhelming support to save African elephants from extinction. On Elephant Appreciation Day, September 22, 2014, we alerted elected officials about the large number of pledges that keep coming in, and encouraged them to support legislation banning ivory sales in Washington.
We’re making strides! Because of our hard work, Governor Inslee proclaimed September 22 as World Elephant Day in Washington state and several legislators are now considering sponsoring legislation.
You signed, you shared and we delivered! But the work isn’t over. The more names we add, the more pressure we add. Please continue to sign and share. Thank you!
Did you know 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa?
The U.S. is the second biggest market for ivory in the world. This is our problem and we are the solution.
Working with conservation partners, Woodland Park Zoo has helped put anti-poaching patrols on the ground and habitat protection in place for imperiled populations of Asian and African elephants. But the work must continue at home. It’s up to all of us who want a world with elephants in it to do our part.
Woodland Park Zoo joins Wildlife Conservation Society and more than 150 zoos, aquariums and other partners in the 96 Elephants campaign to stop the killing, stop the demand, and stop the trade. Will you join the herd?
Why does my signature matter?
Recently, the Obama Administration announced its intention to ban commercial trade of ivory within the U.S. —an important step toward elephant protection. However, federal law can't stop ivory sales that stay within state borders. Closing all existing loopholes by enacting moratoria at both the state and federal level is essential. Washington leaders need to hear from you that state-level action here is crucial to stopping this illegal trade and saving elephants in the wild.
Get the word out to your networks to spread awareness about illegal ivory and the elephant conservation crisis. Use the share buttons at the top of this page or save and post these images to your social network profiles to help us build the herd of supporters.
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 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.
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.
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TAKE THE PLEDGE
To stop the killing of elephants, we must stop the ivory trade. To stop the trade, we must end the demand. I pledge never to buy, sell or trade ivory, and I support a moratorium on ivory products in Washington state.
EXPLORE THE ISSUES
Get the facts about ivory law, the poaching crisis and what is being done to stop it.
Read the 96 Elephants FAQ