Zoo Atlanta Joins the 96 Elephants Campaign
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Learn more in a joint Hangout On Air with the Wildlife Conservation Society on May 21
Zoo Atlanta has joined The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as a partner on the 96 Elephants Campaign, an effort focused on securing a U.S. moratorium on illegal ivory; bolstering protection of African elephants; and educating the public on the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis. Zoo Atlanta and WCS will host a joint Google+ Hangout On Air on Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. EST.
The Hangout will feature a live dialogue with Nate Elgart, Elephant Lead Keeper at Zoo Atlanta; Dr. Fiona Maisels, Conservation Biologist, WCS; and Andrea Turkalo, Associate Conservation Specialist, WCS. Kelly, one of two African elephants at Zoo Atlanta, will also be part of the broadcast.
This partnership is the latest conservation initiative for Zoo Atlanta and will help to expand the reach of the 96 Elephants Campaign to Atlanta and Georgia. The organizations will work together to raise awareness and drive action on behalf of elephants by engaging and educating the public.
“Zoo Atlanta is committed to the stewardship of the elephants and other animals in our care here at home, but we’re also a conservation organization with the ability to empower individuals to act on behalf of wild animal populations,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We work to encourage our Members and guests to value and appreciate wildlife, but we have an additional responsibility to also make sure they’re aware of the real-life issues facing elephants and many other animals in the wild right now.”
96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants gunned down each day for their ivory. The campaign was launched by WCS in September 2013 and has since attracted the support of more than 100 zoos and aquariums, along with the Bodhi Tree Foundation; DD&B Worldwide; Enough Project; ESRI; Horizon Media; Hotel Plaza Athanee; Ocean Park Conservation Foundation; Organization of Young Citizens of Guinea; The Resolve: LRA Crisis Initiative; Invisible Children; and Tsavo Trust.
“The only way we are going to stop the slaughter of these majestic animals is to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand for ivory and ivory products,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign. “The U.S. is a major destination for illegal ivory, and the 96 Elephants campaign aims to educate people and raise awareness of this crisis and how Americans can impact elephant poaching in Africa. North American zoo and aquariums have a direct pipeline to millions of potential supporters of this important effort.”
View the May 21 Hangout On Air live via this event link: http://goo.gl/28M7IX. View the recorded event on the Zoo’s YouTube channel. To learn more about the 96 Elephants campaign, visit www.96elephants.org.