By Cindi Rose
Once again, Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka has taken a step to fulfill it's goals set forth in the Zoo Foundation's master plan. For several years now, the oldest zoo in California has been making great strides in becoming a real force for educating the public about the many ways the average person can make a difference in conservation efforts. It's latest endeavor has been to join forces with an elephant conservation program known as 96elephants.org.
Every day, 96 elephants in Africa are killed for their ivory tusks. According to "National Geographic," the Obama administration recently announced even tougher restrictions on the importation of ivory from Africa. However, the ban is just one way to help save the few elephants left of what was once a large and thriving population. The Wildlife Conservation Society and 96elephants is working in dozens of ways to save the elephants of Africa. Everything from the rangers who patrol the areas elephants inhabit to governments enacting laws to volunteers who risk their lives to stop poachers from killing these majestic beasts for their tusks.
The Sequoia Park Zoo, in adding the 96elephants.org to their list of conservation projects is just another example of how the zoo takes its role of stewardship and conservation seriously. Portions of zoo fundraisers, admission prices and gift shop purchases go towards educating the public and supporting conservation efforts around the world. Each time a family visits the zoo, the money spent on making memories is helping in numerous ways. The Examiner applauds the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation in adding elephant conservation and the stop of the ivory trade as one of its causes. Video.