Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and it continues to rise. Every day, 96 African elephants are killed by poachers – 35,000 in 2012 alone. These elephants are being poached for their ivory tusks.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is destroying the ivory to send the clear message to poaching and wildlife trafficking criminals that the United States will take all available measures to disrupt and prosecute those who prey on and profit from the deaths of elephants. AZA members, like the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, support and participate in more than 85 elephant conservation projects in 20 countries in Africa and Asia, providing more than $26 million in support.
There are currently 142 Asian elephants and 166 African elephants in the AZA Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP), providing a critical link to elephant conservation projects worldwide.
To learn more about how you can help, please visit 96elephants.org.