BREAKING: Your Action Needed

Washington legislators have introduced bipartisan House Bill 1131 and Senate Bill 5241 to put an end to illegal elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn trade in Washington state. In addition to federal law, state laws are needed to close loopholes that allow the black market to go unchecked.

You got us this far! More than 7,000 Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium supporters joined together to raise our voices on this issue. Legislators are now listening and we need to take action.



Take Action Now

It’s time to use your voice once again! Here's how to help:

  • Contact your state legislators and tell them to support HB 1131 and SB 5241.

  • Leave public comments in support of HB 1131 and SB 5241. You can also call the toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000.

  • Tell your friends about the elephant conservation crisis and urge them to join the herd of supporters.


Consider these talking points for your letters of support

  • As your constituent, I am writing in support of Woodland Park Zoo’s and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 96 Elephants campaign and ask you to support WA State HB 1131/SB 5241 to end the sale of illegal elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn in Washington. 

  • African elephants are being killed at an unprecedented rate as demand for ivory continues unabated. In 2012, 35,000 African elephants—96 per day—were killed for ivory. At this rate, extinction is possible in 20 years. The current worldwide population of all rhinoceros species living in the wild has dwindled to just twenty-nine thousand. 

  • In 2014, the U.S. announced a federal ban prohibiting nearly all commercial imports, exports and interstate sales of elephant ivory; however ivory sales within states are uncontrolled and create a demand for newly poached ivory. This loophole bolsters a thriving black market in the U.S.—one of the largest ivory markets in the world. State-by-state moratoria must be enacted to close this loophole.

  • The illegal ivory trade helps finance trade in illegal drugs and arms, fueling political instability, organized crime, and terrorism. To stop the killing, we must stop the trade and end the demand.

  • Washington is in the vanguard of a national movement and can lead other states during this critical time for elephants and rhinoceroses. New York and New Jersey have passed ivory moratoria, and an ivory bill is now introduced in California. 

  • Action needs to be taken now to stop the illegal sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn in Washington if we hope to save these animals from extinction and for future generations. Please support HB 1131/SB 5241 and make a difference today.


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Woodland Park Zoo Projects Protecting Elephants in the Field

The zoo's work continues in the field through collaborations with our Partners for Wildlife, Tarangire Conservation Project in Africa and Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation Project in Asia. Every time you visit the zoo, you help make this work possible. See what impact we are having together. 

In Africa

In Tanzania, Woodland Park Zoo partners with the Tarangire Elephant Project to put rangers on the ground to patrol against and deter poachers.

Tarangire Elephant Project supports a network of 33 village game scouts in seven villages who serve as anti-poaching patrol. In 2013, scouts helped make 10 poacher arrests in the newest Wildlife Management Area under their patrol, the Makame Wildlife Management Area southeast of Tarangire National Park.

Get the latest updates from Tarangire Elephant Project


In Asia

The ivory crisis is most urgent in Africa, but Asian elephants are highly endangered and have their own threats that imperil populations, including growing human populations, loss of habitat and increasing human/elephant conflicts.

The Hutan Elephant Conservation Unit has successfully combined traditional knowledge of local wildlife with intensive, expert training to reduce the extent of damage caused by elephants to villagers’ crops, which in turn has reduced the occurrence of retaliation killings.

Get the latest updates from Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation Program


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To stop the killing of elephants, we must stop the ivory trade. To stop the trade, we must end the demand. I pledge never to buy, sell or trade ivory, and I support a moratorium on ivory products in Washington state.


Get the facts about ivory law, the poaching crisis and what is being done to stop it.

Read the 96 Elephants FAQ


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