I-1401 turns in 345k signatures for endangered species

July 2015

We are proud to say 348,627 of your signatures have been sent to Olympia to get Washington Initiative 1401 on the November ballot.

The measure seeks to strengthen state penalties for trafficking of products made from animals threatened with extinction including elephants, tigers, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks and rays.

We are breaking ground together, Washington.

Let's take this all the way.


Update: Washington to vote on endangered species sales ban

April 2015


This November, Washington state voters will have the opportunity to vote YES to doing our part to save endangered species from extinction.

Initiative 1401 will strengthen laws banning sales of endangered species products in Washington, significantly decreasing our state’s contribution to the unprecedented rate of animal poaching for body parts. Protected animals under this legislation include elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks and rays. These animals are the most trafficked species threatened with extinction.

You can help! Look for signature gatherers at the grocery store, stop and sign the petition to get I-1401 on the ballot. And then on November 3, please vote YES on I-1401.

Photo credits: 
Pangolin: Boniface Osujaki/Tarangire Elephant Project, a Woodland Park Zoo Partner for Wildlife.
African elephant: Peter Steward via Flickr 
Malayan tiger: Razak Abu Bakar via Flickr 
Rhino: Jim Frost via Flickr


Update: Ivory legislation fails in Washington

February 2015

We’re disappointed to share the news that legislation to #BanIvoryWA failed to pass in Olympia this year. Special interest groups opposing the bipartisan House and Senate bills fought hard to put the protection of ivory products above the protection of elephants.

Our sincere thanks to you all and to Rep. Pettigrew and Sen. Litzow for getting us this far with bipartisan House Bill 1131 and Senate Bill 5241. Now there’s more work to do.


If you believe no one needs ivory more than elephants, then we need your help.

Next year we’ll bring this legislation back to Olympia and we’ll need to be louder than before to contend with the opposition. We need voices all over the state—from Aberdeen to Zillah—to stand up for elephants.

Talk to your friends, ask them to join the herd, and sign up for news through the pledge form at the right to be on the inside track for the next round in Olympia.

The herd will be heard.

In the Field: Woodland Park Zoo Conservation Projects



Ruaha Conservation Project

Human-carnivore conflict in Tanzania’s Saharan Ruaha landscape is a main driving force of poaching of lions, leopards, cheetahs and other carnivores. The Ruaha Conservation Project collects crucial information about carnivore populations in the region and works to mitigate human-carnivore conflict.


WPZ-Panthera Tiger Conservation Project

Woodland Park Zoo and Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, have established a 10-year, $1 million project to support tiger conservation in peninsular Malaysia. The 300 remaining Malayan Tigers face heavy poaching and accelerating habitat loss; this important project gives them a chance at survival by training rangers to monitor tigers and improve anti-poaching patrols.

Elephant family in Kinabatangan


Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation Project

Tarangire Elephant Project

Both Asian and African elephants are critically endangered. In Borneo, Woodland Park Zoo helps fund the Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation Project which fights poaching by improving human-elephant interactions through tracking elephants and discouraging raids on agricultural land. In Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and surrounding region, Woodland Park Zoo supports land conservation to maintain crucial wildlife migration corridors used by elephants and other species in their constant searches for food and mates.

Snow leopards

Snow Leopard Trust

Started by late Woodland Park Zoo staff member Helen Freeman in 1981, the Snow Leopard Trust is a pioneer in community-based conservation. In addition to tracking these rare, elusive cats, the Trust works with local communities in Mongolia to improve the livelihoods of people living in snow leopard habitat, which helps alleviate poaching. Between offices in China, India, Mongolia, Kyzrgystan and Pakistan, the Trust covers more than 80% of snow leopards and their habitat.



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