It’s estimated, 96 elephants die each day in Africa. It’s not from old age, hunger or disease; but from the global demand for elephant ivory.
The Toledo Zoo is drawing awareness to this issue for wild elephants by inviting children to draw and color pictures of the giant mammals. 96-Elephants is a non-profit organization seeking a moratorium on elephant ivory sales, which would close the loop-hole that allows illegal ivory to be imported and sold in the U.S. Jeff Sailer of ’96-elephants’ says there is a real threat that African elephants will be extinct in the wild if there is not more done.
Zookeepers will talk with the public at ‘coloring stations’ at the Toledo Zoo this Saturday through Monday, from 10am till 4pm each day. Only African elephant ivory collected before 19990 can legally be sold in America.