96 Elephants: Vintage Horror Show - The True Cost of Ivory
Did you know that the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, regularly appraises ivory carvings on air? Owners of the artifacts may be hoping for a big pay day, but we already know what they are worth: dead elephants.
With African forest elephants on the brink of extinction, placing a value on ivory sends the wrong message to the American public and especially to poachers: that elephants are worth more dead than alive.
Increasing demand for ivory is fueling a brutal slaughter of African elephants. In 2012 alone, some 35,000 were killed. Ninety-six elephants are killed every day in Africa. The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places around the world. The elephant crisis demands a global movement.
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.