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AZA-accredited zoos provide superior elephant care, maintain sustainable and genetically diverse elephant populations, develop education resources, support elephant research, and partner with other conservation organizations and government agencies to promote advocate for elephants worldwide.

Recent News:

African elephants could be extinct in 15 years
LONDON (Telegraph), October 18, 2009 - African elephants could be extinct within 15 years because of the illegal ivory trade, conservation experts have warned.

Asian elephant birth at Albuquerque Biological Park 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., September, 4 2009 - Rozie, a 16-year-old Asian elephant at the Albuquerque BioPark’s Zoo, gave birth to a female calf at 1:43am on Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Classified as endangered by the International Union of Conservation Nations, elephants are targeted in a number of conservation efforts, one of which is the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Albuquerque Biological Park has been designated as an Elephant Breeding Facility by the AZA.

Thailand still Asia's biggest illegal ivory market
OSLO (Reuters),  June 19, 2009 - Thailand still has Asia's biggest illegal elephant ivory market despite promises to crack down, the wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic said on Friday. The report said Bangkok should close "elephant-sized loopholes" in its wildlife protection laws that enable sellers to pass off illegal ivory as coming from a legal source of domesticated animals.

Ivory trafficking surpasses drugs in Africa
NAIVASHA, Kenya (AFP), June 19, 2009 - Trafficking in ivory and game meat has become one of the most lucrative illegal trades in Africa due to rising demand in Asia, experts said on Friday.

Seventh Sumatran elephant killed in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) June 15, 2009 - Poachers may have used poisoned pineapples to kill an endangered Sumatran elephant for its valuable tusks, environmental group WWF said Monday.

Louisville Zoo makes history with successful elephant birth
LOUISVILLE, Ky, March 18, 2009 - Louisville Zoo's 21-year-old African elephant Mikki gave birth to her first calf at 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. The calf is the first elephant born in the Zoo's 38-year history.

When you stand up for zoos you stand up for elephants
SEATTLE, Wash., June 15, 2007 - When poachers kill an elephant; not just its tusks, but its whole face gets cut off to supply the illicit ivory trade; its feet are removed and made into ashtrays; its flesh is smoked and sold at market as a delicacy. Elephants are dying in the wild at the rate of 100 every day.