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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.
RWP Zoo currently has three female African elephants, Alice, Ginny and Kate, as part of our Fabric of Africa exhibit area. Having these wonderful creatures in our Zoo not only brings people closer to nature, but also makes it possible for us to educate the public on elephant conservation issues and drive them to take action locally.
Our elephants also aid us in the research of elephant reproductive cycles. We had tried for a number of years to artificially inseminate one of our females to support the captive elephant population, with no luck; however, we continue to provide samples in support of this crucial research.
Over the past 10 years, we have contributed over $130,000 to the following elephant conservation projects:
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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.
RWP Zoo partners with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants Campaign to raise public awareness of the elephant poaching crisis in Africa. In 2012 alone, over 35,000 African elephants were killed in the wild by poachers for their ivory – that is about 96 elephants per day. The ivory is then carved into intricate designs and eventually makes its way into the hands of unknowing consumers throughout the world.
You might be surprised to hear that the United States is the second largest illegal ivory market in the world, next to China as number one. As a partner in this campaign, this summer we plan to educate our visitors of the perils wild elephants face and urge them not to purchase any ivory.
If interested in our cause, please read the 96 Elephants Campaign petition below and consider clicking through to the 96 Elephants website to sign it. We also encourage you to spread the word by sharing this petition with your friends and family.
96 Elephants Petition
“We cannot be the generation that allows elephants to disappear. I pledge that I will not buy or sell ivory, and I will support a moratorium on ivory products in my country.”
Sign the petition here >