Ivory Belongs on Elephants
Every day, 96 elephants are killed in Africa—that’s 35,000 a year. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) finds that the demand for ivory has caused the slaughter of 65 percent of all forest elephants over the last decade. African forest elephants now face extinction in the next 10 to 20 years.
Did you Know?
- 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.
- 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.
Zoo New England supports the Society's efforts to protect these vanishing species. WCS is steadily bolstering methods of protection, including ivory-sensitive sniffer dogs, radio-collaring, high-tech field tools, helicopter surveillance, and highly trained ecoguards.
How can we help?
First, educate ourselves, our children, our neighbors. Bring the cause to the attention of our Massachusetts legislature, where legislation to ban the sale and trade of ivory in our Commonwealth can be accomplished. Let the popular TV program Antiques Roadshow know that we oppose the subtle commercialization of the elephant’s precious ivory as appraisers announce the monetary value of carved ivory artifacts.
Today’s pianos have a message to give us. Sixty years ago, premiere piano manufacturers like Steinway and Baldwin abandoned the tradition of capping piano keys with ivory. They found that the new high-quality plastics were superior in many ways to the material from tusks of slaughtered animals. The music didn’t stop just because the ivory left the keyboards. And living elephants and rhinos is music to our ears.
Visit 96elephants.org to learn more and "join the herd" of supporters.
Just for Kids
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Respository's confiscated wildlife items
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.