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Join the Herd: End Elephant Poaching

UPDATE: We are continuing our work to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction, and we need YOUR help!

Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill that would ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn in Massachusetts, clamping down on the illegal trade by eliminating the cover of a legal market. In October, legislators heard testimony on the bill. Now, is the time to ask them to move the bill out of the Judiciary Committee and allow it to move forward in the legislative process.

Be a voice for elephants and rhinos, and urge members of the Judiciary Committee to move H. 1275, An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horn, out of committee. You can find the Committee members’ contact information here. When you call or e-mail, please be sure to thank them for their time and consideration. If you are unable to call all of the committee members, we would really appreciate it if you could reach out to the Committee chairs:

  • Representative John Fernandes: 617-722-2396
  • Senator William Brownsberger: 617-722-1280

Now, is the time to act. By working together, we can ensure a bright future for these magnificent creatures.


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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Video: 96 Elephants- A Killing at the Bai

Please note, video includes graphic content.

Learn more at 96elephants.org.

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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:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • String
Download and Print

Turn your handprint into your very own elephant!
Here's what you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Tape or Glue
  • White Paper
  • Background Paper
Download Instructions

Take the Pledge

Download our coloring sheet and take the pledge to save elephants and rhinos.

Download and Print

Be sure to check out our Kids' Corner for more arts, crafts and animal facts!

 96Elephants Coloringsheet (1)


You Can Help

ElaphantpairWe can prevent the extinction of African elephants and rhinos if we act now. Support the ban on the sale of ivory in Massachusetts by supporting Senate Bill 440 and House Bill 1275- An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns.

This legislation does not criminalize possession or inheritance/noncommercial gifts of ivory. It prohibits the sale of ivory in Massachusetts.

Together, we can stop the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn and ensure the survival of these majestic species.