Elphie Attracts 200+ Signatures to Ban Illegal Ivory in Missouri at Earth Day 2016!
– By Stacey Ludlum, director of zoo and aquarium planning and design
Our 2016 Mardi Gras show-stealer, Elphie, returned to the public scene this weekend at Earth Day to continue to gather support to ban the sale of illegal ivory.
More than 62,000 people attended St. Louis Earth Day 2016, taking countless selfies with Elphie, making our big purple elephant a big star on Instagram and Twitter for the day!
Thanks to the incredible efforts of our volunteer staff and MO House Representative Jeanne Kirkton, who authored and is currently sponsoring House Bill 2747 (to ban the sale of illegal ivory in Missouri), we had more than 200 festival participants send letters to their representatives to encourage support of the bill! If you’re a Missouri resident and would like to send a letter to your representative, please click this link.
Thank you everyone for your tremendous Earth Day effort and for Representative Kirkton and Elphie for leading the ivory charge in Missouri!