COLORADO SPRINGS — One wild elephant is killed approximately every 25 minutes to fuel and unprecedented global demand for ivory products.
To help protect elephants and offer a way for the community to make an impact on the crisis, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hosting an ivory surrender event on Saturday, Sep. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
During the "Toss the Tusk" people are asked 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.
The U.S. 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.