ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The Saint Louis Zoo is taking a stand to stop illegal ivory trade and save elephants.
The Zoo, in partnership with more than 110 Association of Zoos and Aquariums zoos, have joined the 96 Elephants campaign, which aims to stop the killing of elephants for their ivory and informing the public of the illegal activity.
The campaign, which is named for the 96 elephants killed daily for ivory, urges the public to sign the national petition and write their congressional representatives to ban ivory and ivory products.
Sunday, the zoo will have a 96 Elephants table for the public to gather more information during its Earth Day Celebration, from noon to 3 p.m. During the event, the zoo will also launch its participation in the 96 Elephants' Kids Save Elephants campaign, which will have children drawing and writing letters about the issue.
The kids' campaign will work in conjunction with the national campaign to deliver those letters and drawings to Gov. Jay Nixon. The national goal is 96,000, and more specifically, 960 for the Saint Louis Zoo.