The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
North Carolina Zoo has participated in elephant conservation in West Africa since 1998. One of the primary tools we use to protect the region’s elephants is satellite tracking collars. Once fitted with the special collars, elephant location data can be sent to any internet-connected computer in the world, from where data can be analyzed to mitigate human-elephant conflict, delineate new protected areas utilized by elephants, and increase our knowledge of elephant ecology. We are also actively involved in protecting Nigeria’s last elephant population by refining strategies to stop ivory poachers in their tracks. You can read more about the Zoo’s work on protecting Africa's wild elephants below, under related resources.
Building trust through training allows keepers to provide the physical, mental, and emotional care elephants need. Through training, the keepers can safely work on the elephant’s feet, treat minor wounds, and even give eye drops. This relationship also helps the animals work through difficult changes such as meeting new herd mates and coping with habitat changes. Ongoing research projects will ensure the elephants continue to receive the best care possible.
This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.