The display will not be open to the public due to its sheer size, but many of the origami elephants will be incorporated into a holiday exhibit in Zoo Center for public viewing throughout the month of December. The exhibit will demonstrate the overwhelming global support generated by the 96 Elephants campaign for efforts to save elephants from extinction by ending the ivory trade.
WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign worked with OrigamiUSA to organize this record setting effort, with additional support from Asia Society, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Boy Scouts of America Greater New York Councils, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, Japan Society, Origamodo and Tuttle Publishing. For those interested in learning more about the campaign—and creating their own customized digital origami elephant—go to 96elephants.org.
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Main image: Julie Larson Maher for WCS.