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Thank you for your generous support to ensure a future for elephants in the wild. Because of you, we were able to raise $250,000 this year (and counting) to help wild elephants.
This art exhibit will include wildlife art and photography from around the world including original watercolors and limited edition giclées. Featured works will chronicle photographer Paul Swen’s expeditions around the globe to some of the most remote locations in order to protect critically endangered wildlife and their environments. In addition, a selection of artworks from the annual exhibit of the prestigious international artist group, Artists for Conservation, will also be on exhibit.
All proceeds to benefit conservation efforts championed by the Houston Zoo.
The elephant is one of Africa’s most iconic species. It is in peril due to illegal poaching, habitat loss and conflict with local human communities. We need your help today to turn the tide and protect wildlife and communities in Africa.
Artists for Conservation (www.artistsforconservation.org)
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Gallery
2501 Sunset Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
The Houston Zoo cares for a herd of 7 Asian Elephants and is dedicated to protecting our herds’ counterparts in the wild. We partner with elephant conservation efforts worldwide to ensure the survival of the species. Each year the Houston Zoo holds an annual fundraiser to support wildlife conservation efforts both locally and globally. This year we are focusing on a time-sensitive, critical mission: saving elephants from extinction.
Our goal is to raise $250,000 in support of a wide range of conservation programs to reduce poaching of elephants, support local community efforts, and strengthen community education efforts in regions where our field partners are working on the ground to help elephants in the wild. With your support, we can make a real, measurable impact in the regions where elephants need our help the most.
Want to do even more? Sign this petition to tell Congress to support efforts to protect elephants from poachers, crack down on the organized crime syndicates behind the ivory trade, and declare all ivory off-limits for trade.
Elephants face a number of threats globally, including habitat loss, conflict with humans, and illegal poaching.
Elephants are poached for ivory, which is made from the tusks of elephants. Poaching has increased dramatically over the past few years due to a large demand for ivory based on its growing value, as well as its traditional and religious worth. In order to stop the ivory trade, it is important to address the demand for the product while changing attitudes towards the value of elephants in the wild.
In Asia and Africa, elephant habitat is decreasing at a rapid rate. Palm oil plantations are largely the source of habitat loss in places like Borneo, where tracts of rainforest are continuing to be cut down in order to farm palm oil. Humans and wildlife, particularly elephants, are often in conflict because elephants can disturb their crops.
We partner with conservation groups who work to reduce these threats and promote harmony between humans and wildlife. One example includes working with local villagers to humanely protect their crops from elephant disturbances. New efforts, such as using beehives on fence lines to ward off curious elephants, show success in reducing elephant crop raids.
The Houston Zoo supports programs that hire local community members for anti-poaching efforts to monitor and protect wild elephant populations. To preserve elephants in areas where poaching for ivory is prevalent, it is vital to not only protect elephants but support the local communities as well.
On the island of Borneo, we assist the Kinabatangan Elephant Conservation Unit in working with local communities and elephants to raise awareness, mitigate conflicts, and give farmers the tools and training they need for elephant-friendly crop protection.