Roger Williams Park Zoo Condemns Trump Administration's Lift on Ban of Importing Elephant Trophies

Roger Williams Park Zoo Condemns Trump Administration's Lift on Ban of Importing Elephant Trophies

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Roger Williams Park Zoo is decrying the Trump administration’s decision to lift an Obama-era ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The United States lists African elephants under the federal Endangered Species Act.

“This is a very sad day for anybody who works with and understands African elephants,” says Roger Williams Park Zoo executive director Jeremy Goodman.  “We know that 96 elephants a day are killed in the wild.  Our zoo works with the Wildlife Conservation Society on its 96 Elephants campaign to halt the illegal ivory trade. Together with our partner Ivory Ella, we also support Save the Elephants to stop the senseless killing of the most majestic land giant on this planet.  It is heartbreaking to know that in the past 25 years, the wild African elephant population has dropped from 1.6 million to fewer than 500,000.”

Goodman confirms that Roger Williams Park Zoo will continue to advocate against any move that will put disappearing wildlife at additional risk, despite the new ruling from U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  In recent years, progress has been made against the illegal ivory trade with new legislation that is helping to save elephants. However, this ruling is a significant setback in preserving the species.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to three adored African elephants, Alice, Ginny, and Kate.  Goodman says that having these wonderful creatures at the Zoo brings people closer to nature, and makes it possible for Zoo staff to educate the public on elephant conservation issues.

Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction and is a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education, and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that without human intervention would face certain extinction.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.