Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Hosts ‘Toss the Tusk’ Ivory Surrender Event

September 24, 2019

Event draws attention to the elephant poaching crisis and illegal trade of elephant ivory

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo parking lot

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sept. 24, 2019) –
Elephant populations are rapidly plummeting in the wild. One wild elephant is killed approximately every 25 minutes to fuel an unprecedented global demand for ivory products. Poaching for ivory is listed as the main driver of this decline.

To help protect elephants and offer a way for the community to make a direct impact on the crisis, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hosting an ivory surrender event on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Toss the Tusk gives the public a direct opportunity to take a stand for elephants and be part of this global movement to stop the killing and trafficking, by stopping the demand. By surrendering ivory, ensuring it will never hold value in the market, the public can send a strong signal to the world that that elephants are the only ones that should wear ivory.

Participants are instructed to bring their ivory items to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s well-known elevation entrance sign near the front gate. The surrendered ivory will be destroyed or used for educational purposes, ensuring it never enters the consumer market.

Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in the effort to save elephant populations. The United States is one of the largest markets for ivory products, which means that demand from American consumers has a tremendous influence on whether elephants will become extinct within our lifetime.

Nationwide ivory surrender events are being organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)/Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA), with support from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), longstanding leaders in conservation. Taking place at leading zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) across the U.S.

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s only mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 233 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just ten operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues, special event attendance and donations for funding.