Activities are free for all guests.
Earth’s largest living land mammals, African elephants, play a vital role in maintaining balance of their ecosystem. As prominent seed dispersers, elephants are a key part of sustaining the biodiversity throughout Africa. Despite their importance, the elephant population is in decline.
Imminent threats to African elephants include human-elephant conflict and illegal wildlife trade. As the human population grows, there is a decline in suitable habitat and food availability for wild elephants. This leads elephants to crop-raiding local farms, causing conflict between the elephants and local human population. Zoo Atlanta has partnered with Conservation South Luangwa, a nonprofit organization based in Zambia with a strong focus on mitigating human-animal conflict by working directly with local people to safeguard their crops.
In addition, approximately 96 elephants a day are poached for their ivory tusks. This ivory is often used for ornaments, jewelry, and other trinkets. The largest consumers of ivory are the United States and China. Zoo Atlanta is a partner of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) 96 Elephants campaign to stop the slaughter of elephants for ivory.
You can help by ...
--Avoiding purchasing ivory and rhino horn. Research what you buy to ensure that you are not inadvertently purchasing animal products that support the illegal trade in goods such as ivory and rhino horn.
--Supporting policies that protect elephants and other wildlife. Be aware of policy changes that may have a negative impact on laws created to protect species and their habitats.
--If traveling to Africa or to other parts of the world, engage in responsible eco-tourism that helps sustain local communities. If shopping or dining abroad, do your research before purchasing items that may support the illegal wildlife trade.
--Make choices that use energy and fuel responsibly. These choices include but are not limited to carpooling, biking or walking to work or school; unplugging electronics when not in use; and supporting your local farmer’s market or purchasing goods grown no more than 50 miles from your home.
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Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, United States