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Join the Herd: End Elephant Poaching

Good news!

  • Thanks to you, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a near-total ban on the commercial sale of ivory in our country. We appreciate all who raised voices in support of the new Federal Regulations. But, these new Federal Regulations do not provide protection for intra-state sales in Massachusetts. See below for what you can do.
  • Congress recently passed critical legislation to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking. The “Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act” supports global anti-poaching efforts, promotes community-based conservation initiatives, and aims to make trafficking less profitable for criminals. Zoo New England commends the Senate on recognizing wildlife trafficking as a serious crime. It’s through similar continued efforts that we can make an impact in preserving the world’s most endangered species.

What you can do

Contact Senate Ways and Means Committee to support ban on ivory and rhino horn trade

Senate bill 440 restricts sales of ivory and rhino horn, but it's stalled in the legislature. We have to convince legislators to pass it as soon as possible and with language as strong as possible —you can help by calling the Senate Ways & Means Committee and telling them that you support a ban on ivory and rhino horn trade in Massachusetts. 

Senate Ways and Means: 617-722-1481
Senator Karen Spilka, Chair of Senate Ways and Means: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov

Suggested language:

"Dear Senator Spilka,

As a resident of Massachusetts, I support a ban on ivory and rhino horn trade in the state. Poached wildlife parts can easily be disguised and sold as long as there is a legal market for the product, so I urge you to strengthen Senate bill 440. Thank you for your consideration."

Urge your representative to cosponsor the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act

Over the past two decades, the Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF) has supported conservation efforts for wild tigers, Asian and African elephants, rhinos, great apes, and marine turtles in their native habitats. MSCF works to sustain wildlife populations, combat illegal poaching, reduce human-wildlife conflict, and protect essential habitat. We need your help to let Congress know about the importance of these programs in preserving these species for future generations.  Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 335) to reauthorize these programs for an additional five years.  Please contact your representative urging him or her to cosponsor this important bill.

The Crisis

  • Elephant and rhino poaching is a brutal and bloody practice – animals are chased with helicopters and shot down with military-grade weapons, and tusks and horns are cut off faces of sometimes still-living animals. Wildlife trafficking is an escalating global crisis fueled in part by the U.S. ivory market – one of the largest globally.
  • Approximately 96 elephants are slaughtered for their tusks daily—that’s one every 15 minutes. African forest elephants face extinction in the next 20 years.
  • A rhino is killed for its horns every nine hours in South Africa. All five rhino species are now endangered with some species on the brink of extinction.
  • Illegal ivory trade activity worldwide has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998, and Massachusetts plays a role in this market.

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Just for Kids

"Not enough people know or realize what is happening to elephants...that's why I'm here."

Meet Anna, a wildlife supporter and member of Stone Zoo's Guest Services team. Hear from this dedicated teen about the elephant crisis and learn how you can join in her fight to save elephants from extinction.

There's an elephant in the room!

Download and print your own elephant mask. You'll need the following tools for this project:

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Turn your handprint into your very own elephant!
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Take the Pledge

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