Join Our “Kids Save Elephants” Campaign

kids save elephants zoo campaignOn May 1, Dickerson Park Zoo launched its “Kids Save Elephants” effort to collect 960 letters and drawings from children.

On average, 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa for ivory. Dickerson Park Zoo is a partner in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign – an effort focused on securing a moratorium on the sale of ivory and bolstering protection of African elephants. As part of this effort, Dickerson Park Zoo is encouraging children and families to draw pictures of elephants or write a letter addressed to Governor Jay Nixon, encouraging state leaders to protect these magnificent animals.

Dickerson Park Zoo staff will collect the letters and drawings during May, June and July. The deadline for submitting a letter or drawing is Aug. 1. The zoo will deliver the letters and drawings to Governor Nixon on World Elephant Day, Aug. 12, to encourage him and state legislators to implement a moratorium or ban on the sale of ivory in the state of Missouri. Similar legislation is under consideration in New York and Hawaii.

The “Kids Save Elephants” campaign letters and drawings can be done by families or as a group project for classrooms, youth organizations, summer camps, library programs or other children’s activity centers. (Please include the artist’s first name, age and city of residence.)

Please mail letters and drawings to
Dickerson Park Zoo
Attn: 96 Elephants Campaign
3043 North Fort Ave.
Springfield, Mo., 65803
Or, scan and email your child’s letter or drawing to

96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants gunned down each day for their ivory. 96 Elephants include 139 partners representing 43 states. 96 Elephants partners include more than 100 North American zoos and aquariums, along with the Bodhi Tree Foundation, DD&B Worldwide, Enough Project, ESRI, Horizon Media, Hotel Plaza Athanee, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Organization of Young Citizens of Guinea, The Resolve: LRA Crisis Initiative, Invisible Children and Tsavo Trust. 96 Elephants supports conservation projects in Africa that protect elephants on the ground in several countries, including landscapes in Tanzania, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Mozambique.

96 Elephants and its growing coalition of partners are driving action on behalf of saving elephants.  96 Elephants educates and engages the public through a series of activities including online petitions and letter writing campaigns enhanced through social media.

Dickerson Park Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo is a division of the
Springfield-Greene County Park Board and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

96 Elephants
Wildlife Conservation Society is leading global efforts to save Africa’s elephants and end the current poaching and ivory trafficking crisis. In September, WCS launched its 96 Elephants campaign to amplify and support the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) “Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants” by stopping the killing, stopping the trafficking, and stopping the demand. The WCS campaign focuses on securing effective moratoria on sales of ivory, bolstering elephant protection, and educating the public about the link between ivory consumption and the elephant poaching crisis.