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August 27, 2020
Tons of Love
Do you have TONS of LOVE for Asian elephants!
Sadly, Asian elephant populations continue to decline due to poaching, habitat loss and human-elephant conflict.
August is #AsianElephantAwarenessMonth! The Saint Louis Zoo and zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) around the country are teaming up to raise awareness about declining Asian elephant populations through the #TONSoflove campaign! Post your own #TONSoflove photo to help us reach thousands. Learn more at www.aza.org/aza-safe.
It takes #TONSofLove by our keepers to provide the best care for our elephants! The Saint Louis Zoo is home to a large, multigenerational family group of Asian Elephants. Though cleaning is a big responsibility for our River’s Edge Keepers, building a trusting relationship with our elephants is an even bigger part of the job. Every day, our River’s Edge Keepers work with our elephant family through positive reinforcement training to engage the elephants and encourage them to participate in their own care. This includes voluntary participation in exercise sessions, baths, foot and mouth checks, and other routine husbandry procedures (such as foot care)! Aside from daily wellness checks and exercise routines, enrichment is another important part of our elephants’ day! Environmental enrichment for our elephants can vary from buried scents around the habitat to encourage investigation and natural digging behaviors to large items such as logs and buoys to help encourage physical activity and natural play behaviors. Check out the video below to see some of our keepers’ favorite footage of elephant enrichment in action. #AsianElephantAwarenessMonth
Through its partnership with the International Elephant Foundation, the Saint Louis Zoo provides support to the Conservation Response Units (CRUs) in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. The communities around Way Kambas National Park suffer from a high level of human-elephant conflict. Subsistence farmers will often awake to find their entire fields destroyed by elephants who have ventured out of the protected habitats in search of food. Conservation Response Units patrol areas to help monitor wildlife activity in and around park borders to help prevent human-elephant conflict, stop forest crimes, and protect the habitats of Asian elephants and other endangered species. CRUs look for elephant evidence such as footprints, broken trees and branches, tusk marks, feces and elephant sightings to help them locate and monitor herds of wild elephants.
Look closely at this photo of our elephant family’s habitat from first thing in the morning and comment below with how many signs of elephants you see in the picture! #AsianElephanntAwarenessMonth
Answers : 1- elephant body print, 2- elephant feces, 3- displaced logs and vegetation, 4- live elephants
How can you help Asian elephants?
You probably eat and use palm oil every day. It is found in cookies, crackers, cereal, shampoo, cosmetics and many other products! Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil grown in Indonesia and Malaysia—where wild Asian elephants live. Palm oil plantations are responsible for the clearing of hundreds of thousands of acres of elephant habitat. A great way to help Asian elephants and other endangered species is to make sure you are using palm oil that is grown and harvested sustainably! Start checking products on your next shopping trip by downloading the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s sustainable palm oil shopping guide app! To learn more, visit stlzoo.org/palmoil.