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World Elephant Day Activities at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo to Raise Awareness of Wild African Elephant Crisis

by User Not Found | Aug 11, 2014
Sound the trumpets! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, in partnership with the 96 Elephants campaign and dozens of zoos worldwide, will commemorate World Elephant Day on Tuesday, August 12. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Zoo guests can learn about our herd of six African elephants -- including three airlifted from Africa more than a decade ago, meet members of the animal care team who work with these powerful pachyderms, hear keeper talks, view biofacts and chat with trained docents.

Ninety-six Elephants are Lost Every Day in Africa Due to Poaching

TAMPA, Fla. (August 11, 2014) — Sound the trumpets! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, in partnership with the 96 Elephants campaign and dozens of zoos worldwide, will commemorate World Elephant Day on Tuesday, August 12. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Zoo guests can learn about our herd of six African elephants -- including three airlifted from Africa more than a decade ago, meet members of the animal care team who work with these powerful pachyderms, hear keeper talks, view biofacts and chat with trained docents.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is part of a global movement known as 96 Elephants, a coalition of wildlife partners focused on three primary goals: securing a U.S. moratorium on illegal ivory, bolstering protection of African elephants, and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis. Increasing demand for ivory is driving African forest elephants to extinction.

In addition to World Elephant Day, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has gathered 960 messages from children which will be sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott as part of the “Kids Save Elephants” initiative to encourage a state ban on the sale of ivory. The Zoo has also supported a social media #GoGrey campaign to encourage people around the world to unite and help protect and celebrate this vulnerable species.

Tampa’s Zoo is among a group of 41 wildlife institutions accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that manage African elephants. The African Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP) program is designed to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining population that is genetically diverse and demographically stable.

Although international ivory trade has been banned since 1989, poaching elephants throughout Africa is at unprecedented levels and most large herds are trending toward extinction by 2020. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has supported acquiring additional land to increase protected areas for elephants in Africa, anti-poaching programs and public education in Swaziland. Results to date include expansion of the Mkhaya Game Reserve by 10 percent, to promote survival of elephants and thousands of other animals protected there.

Learn more at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo or visit http://www.96elephants.org. View the national press release at http://www.wcs.org/press/press-releases/world-elephant-day-2014.aspx.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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