Post by Lauren St. Pierre
Calling all elephant enthusiasts! Did you know elephant population numbers are rapidly declining in the wild? Do you know there are ways YOU can help protect these magnificent animals in the wild? You can start by joining the more than one hundred Zoos and thousands of individuals across the country on Tuesday, August 12 in celebrating World Elephant Day!
Elephants are the largest land mammals in the world and among the most intelligent animals on earth. Unfortunately, Asian elephants are also among the world’s most endangered species. At the turn of the 20th century, more than 100,000 Asian elephants roamed their native habitat. Today, less than 50,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild. And this number continues to decline due to habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and poaching for their ivory tusks. Each day, 96 elephants are gunned down for their ivory.
Here at the Houston Zoo, we are committed to protecting animals outside of our zoo gates, and elephants are in serious need of our support. In the past five years, the Houston Zoo has worked closely with partners in both Africa and Asia, funding over $500,000 in field conservation programs.
YOU can help, too! Simply by visiting the Houston Zoo, you help protect animals in the wild – a portion of your admission ticket goes directly to conservation efforts around the world. You can also attend special events throughout the year, such as Elephant Open House, where registration fees are also donated to conservation efforts.
Check out the Houston Zoo’s website to learn more of how we and YOU can help elephants.
We can’t be the generation that allows elephants to disappear. Sign the petition at www.96elephants.org to support a moratorium on ivory products in America.
World Elephant Day Activities Include:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- See and touch an elephant tooth
- Create your own elephant mask
- Sign our petition to ban the sale of ivory and ivory products
- Find out more about the Houston Zoo’s Asian elephant herd: Thai, Methai, Shanti, Tess, Tucker, Tupelo, Baylor & Duncan
10 a.m. – Daily Elephant Bath at The McNair Asian Elephant Barn
1:30 p.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at The McNair Asian Elephant Habitat