U.S. Fish and Wildlife Respository's confiscated wildlife items
Join the Herd: End Elephant Poaching
Wildlife trafficking is an escalating global crisis fueled in part by the U.S. ivory market – one of the largest globally. Wildlife trafficking is among the top five criminal markets worldwide, and illegal ivory trade activity has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998.
A rhino is killed for its horns every nine hours in South Africa, and approximately 96 elephants are slaughtered for their tusks daily—that’s one every 15 minutes. In fact, if poaching continues at the current rate, scientists estimate some African elephant populations will be extinct within the next few decades. All five rhino species are already endangered, with some species on the brink of extinction.
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.
The wildlife trafficking business has become so widespread that 37 countries and hundreds of organizations, including Zoo New England, have joined together to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand for ivory.
Video: 96 Elephants- A Killing at the Bai
Please note, video includes graphic content.
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.
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.