Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed for its ivory. That’s 96 elephants per day. Tomorrow, Friday, June 19, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service along with Wildlife Conservation Society and other partners of the conservation organization 96 Elephants will crush more than one ton of confiscated ivory to raise awareness of this situation and send a message to poachers and traffickers that these illegal acts will not be tolerated.
In support of this initiative, Seneca Park Zoo will host a special viewing of this live-streamed event on grounds at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, and offer visitors the chance to learn more about elephants from zoo keeper and education staff.
The Zoo has long been a partner of 96 Elephants, working to save endangered elephants from extinction both at the Zoo and in their natural range.
“If they didn’t reside here, the Zoo’s four African elephants, Genny C, Lilac, Moki and Chana would most likely have been killed for their ivory,” says Dr. Jeff Wyatt, the Zoo’s Director of Animal Health and Conservation. “Supporters of this initiative can help to stop that from happening with their relatives still left behind.”
The live stream will play on the Zoo’s outdoor digital display beginning at 10:30 a.m. Zoo keeper staff, elephant handlers and interpreters from the Education Department will be present to answer questions and help visitors understand how they can help. Visitors can explore bio facts, sign a pledge not to buy or sell ivory products and participate in other activities to enhance their experience.
Learn more about the #IvoryCrush, 96 Elephants and watch the event live here.