World Elephant Day
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
While you’re here...
- Go Grey with a special World Elephant Day button. Button proceeds support the 96 Elephants campaign.
- Take an #Elphie, and tag us on your social networks to show you’ve joined the herd!
World Elephant Day activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are FREE for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; FREE with general admission.
Why do elephants need you?
Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers as a result of a global demand for ivory, which is carved into ornaments, jewelry and figurines and sold all over the world. The United States is the second-largest consumer of ivory.
The ban on international trade was introduced in 1989 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This allowed some populations to recover, but there has been an upsurge in poaching in recent years, leading to steep declines in forest elephant and savanna elephant populations. Due largely in part to insufficient anti-poaching capacity, weak law enforcement and corruption, this problem continues to be compounded in some countries.
We can help by sharing the story of elephants and their plight and by cutting off the demand for ivory.