Call it what you will – a rummage sale, a garage sale, a yard sale. We like white elephant sale. Whatever you want to call it, you’ll find bargains and some unique items at the Houston Zoo’s first-ever White Elephant sale on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 8 a.m. to noon. And all proceeds benefit the Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program in support of elephant conservation programs in Africa.
We’ve scoured storage lockers, closets and offices across the Zoo for weeks now and Zoo employees have also donated personal items for the sale. We’ve collected hundreds of items from books and lawn care equipment and tools to posters, decorative items (small gorilla carvings), toys, t-shirts and DVDs. Sorry. No white elephants.
Now it’s time for the big sale! Join us at the Masihara Pavilion near the entrance to The African Forest on Saturday, August 31. The Houston Zoo will open early for this first-ever Houston Zoo White Elephant Sale at 8 a.m. The sale closes promptly at noon.
The Fine Print
All sales final. No returns or exchanges. Cash or credit card only. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. all guests will be directed to the Masihara Pavilion ONLY. Buyers are responsible for removal and transport of purchased items from the Zoo. Regular Zoo general admission applies.
About the Future of Elephants in the Wild
There is no place in Africa where elephants are safe today. For the last 30 years, elephants have been killed for their ivory at the rate of almost 70 per day. The survival of the species is in jeopardy.
The ever-increasing demand in China and neighboring countries for ornamental ivory products could lead to the loss of 100,000 elephants in just the next 4 years.
The Houston Zoo has a goal of raising $250,000 to support initiatives which are working to end the ivory trade and to help local communities. The Zoo has partnerships with organizations that employ anti-poaching unites where wildlife is under threat from illegal activities. Finding sustainable solutions to reduce both the ivory trade and human-animal conflict is the key to ensuring a future for elephants.
Learn more about how the Houston Zoo is working to save elephants – we need your help!