Cincinnati Zoo stepping up to support conserve Asian elephants, both at residence and across the globe

August is Asian Elephant Consciousness Month, a wonderful time to call attention to the challenges going through this spectacular species and to spread the term about Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s commitment to serving to them survive in their indigenous habitats and setting up a new dwelling, Elephant Trek, where by they can thrive in Cincinnati.

“While we are producing a entire world-course property for the elephant herd at the Cincinnati Zoo, we are also supporting endeavours to help you save their wild counterparts,” reported Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard. “We’re partnering with the Asian Mother nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF) in India, the place 60% of the remaining Asian elephants stay, to keep track of elephant movements so men and women in the area can be alerted when a herd is headed their way!”

Most elephants in this region live outside countrywide parks and overlap with hundreds of thousands of men and women. Recognizing their site minimizes occasions of human-animal conflict and destruction and encourages coexistence.

“The ANCF workforce is using GPS collars to find out in which herds trek when they go away the countrywide park boundaries, which occurs much more frequently throughout the rainy time when the parks flood,” stated Maynard. “Mapping the elephants’ paths and the essential forested corridors via local community lands and tea farms will assist our associates to manual the communities to retain land use that is elephant-friendly.”

The Cincinnati Zoo staff is also actively associated in the Asian Elephant Protected (Conserve Animals From Extinction) System (AeSP), initiated by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which has these key targets:

• To halt unlawful trafficking of wild elephants by determining and tracking persons in array states using DNA profiling, microchips, and photographic recognition technologies.

• To assistance endeavours to locate a vaccine for Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV), the largest single result in of demise of Asian elephants in North America and Europe.

• To increase recognition about Asian elephants and their conservation status.

Asian elephants are remarkably endangered, with roughly 40,000 persons located in 13 Asian nations around the world.

Cincinnati Zoo is building innovative jobs to get additional of its audiences associated in Asian elephant conservation. There are also numerous strategies to advance the Zoo’s mission to bring folks “close sufficient to care” about this species, which includes building a donation to assist establish Elephant Trek.

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