We can work together to do something about this. We can join the conversation and make ourselves heard. This issue isn’t about pointing to a handful of places on the map. We must realize it’s not one continent’s problem; it’s our and the world’s problem.
In our own lives, we can personally refuse to buy ivory. We can refuse to support businesses that buy, sell or appraise ivory, regardless of how long ago it was obtained. We can help humans understand there is nothing beautiful or valuable about a material that was obtained by the senseless slaughter of a magnificent animal.
Seeing an elephant is part of my everyday work day. Because of that rare opportunity, I believe that part of my everyday work day should also be spent giving back to that species. As with all awareness campaigns, 96 Elephants needs word-of-mouth. I encourage everyone to learn more and to help spread the word. I’m proud to see Zoo Atlanta champion this cause, and we’re honored and proud to share a responsibility for these incredible animals.