Conservation Leadership

96 Elephants Campaign
It has been estimated that, in recent years, poachers have slaughtered African elephants at a rate of 35,000 per year—about 96 elephants a day. Researchers believe that Africa’s savannah elephants and their smaller forest cousins may be extinct within two decades.

The Chicago Zoological Society is partnering with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and more than 100 other accredited zoos and aquariums in a new program called the 96 Elephants Campaign. The goals are to educate people about this crisis; halt the sale of elephant ivory, whose demand leads to poaching; and most importantly, prevent the killing of elephants in the first more about our partnership and how you can help!

Take the Pledge
Learn about the plight of elephants in the wild and support the movement by taking the pledge at Share your pledge with friends and colleagues: together we can reduce demand for poached ivory and shut down the trade.


Dolphin RescueCZS' Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Spearheads Rescue of Dolphin Calf
An 11-month-old female bottlenose dolphin calf is swimming free of fishing gear that could have severed her tail. This week, the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), in collaboration with nine other organizations, mounted a life-saving rescue in Little Marco Pass in Collier County, Florida. 
The dolphin, a dependent calf nicknamed Skipper, was first spotted by members of the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project, who documented the entanglement and reported it to state and federal authorities in August.

The rescue effort involved setting a net to encircle the mom and calf. The net corral was then moved to shallower water, and team members got into the water around the net to be able to briefly restrain the animals. In the water, veterinarians found that about a foot of metal fishing leader, probably from a trolling rig, was wrapped around the base of Skipper’s tail and her flukes. Left unchecked, the stiff metal wire would have cut deeper into the dolphin and eventually severed her tail.

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