Elephant Conservation

Elephant Conservation

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Learn about our other consevation efforts locally and worldwide >


In the past 25 years, the wild African elephant population has dropped from 1.6 million to less than 500,000.


Roger Williams Park Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of these majestic land giants. We strive to aid conservation efforts through public outreach and our contributions to research in the U.S., and by funding elephant conservation projects worldwide. In the past decade, we have dedicated an immeasurable amount of staff time and expertise, and through 2015 we will have invested over $130,000 to efforts directed at improving the future prospects for the African Elephant.
 

VICTORY FOR ELEPHANTS

We are thrilled to share that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory in the United States (the world's second largest illegal ivory market). This final rule, effective July 6, 2016, will restrict the sale of ivory to only legally imported, genuine antiques and musical instruments, as well as limit the import of sport-hunted trophies, prohibit the sale of ivory that was part of a move or household inheritance, and place prohibitions and restrictions on foreign commercial and noncommercial enterprise.

These measures will ensure a future for elephants in the wild, and help to significantly reduce the rampant killings in their native habitat. 

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WHAT WE DO AT THE ZOO


WHAT WE DO AROUND THE WORLD

Over the past 10 years, we have contributed over $130,000 to the following elephant conservation projects:


HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your support of the Zoo through the purchase of memberships, admission tickets, and participation in our fundraising events helps to support our elephant conservation efforts locally and throughout the world.

In addition, please read below about another very important initiative that the Zoo is undertaking this summer, and consider becoming an active elephant conservationist in your own local community.