Ninety-six — that’s the number of African elephants killed every day for their ivory. And the United States is the world’s second biggest market for the illegal ivory trade.
Want to help do something about it? Zoos, businesses, and individuals have joined with the Wildlife Conservation Society to make a difference through the 96 Elephants coalition. WCS has anti-poaching teams at important elephant habitats throughout Africa, and is working with governments and customs officials to help them stamp out the ivory trade—for example, training dogs to sniff out ivory at key transit points along smuggling routes.
You can join in the fight by going to the 96 Elephants website. The website offers a number of steps that individuals can take to help stop the ivory trade, and offers lots of ways to share information about the poaching crisis with your friends.