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Ivory Belongs on Elephants


Take action to help ban the sale of ivory in Massachusetts. Contact your local representative in support of Senate Bill 496 and House Bill 772- An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns.

Here are the important messages to convey to your legislator via phone call or email:

  • Please support H.772 and S.496 – An Act Relative to Ivory and Rhino Horn Trafficking.
  • This legislation is critical to the conservation of the elephant and rhinoceros species that are being threatened by global ivory trade and wildlife trafficking.
  • Massachusetts can play an important role in the fight to preserve and protect these species.
  • As Zoo New England Members and Supporters, we know it is important to protect endangered species.
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 Thank you for doing your part to end the ivory trade and help save elephants and rhinos across the globe!


Every day, 96 elephants are killed in Africa—that’s 35,000 a year. The Wildlife Conservation Society 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.

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, 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.

Illegal ivory trade activity worldwide has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998, and Massachusetts plays a role in this market. 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.

You Can Help

Zoo New England supports the Wildlife Conservation 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 to learn more and "join the herd" of supporters.

Video: 96 Elephants- A Killing at the Bai

Please note, video includes graphic content.

Just for Kids

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)


Zoodopt an Elephant or Rhino

Elephantzoodopt BoxOur Zoos spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on hay, grain, produce and other special diets to feed our animals. Through your generosity, Zoodoption helps us defray some of these costs and provide excellent food, care and enrichment for all of our animals.

With each elephant and rhino zoodopt, you'll receive more information about these amazing species and the ivory crisis that threatens their existence. While we do not have elephants and rhinos on exhibit here at our Zoos, ZNE is working to raise awareness and protect them from extinction.

Zoodopt Today!