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Elephant tusks are some of the most valuable commodities on Earth for poachers engaged in the illegal ivory trade. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks each year to be valued on a global scale. The U.S. remains one of the world’s largest importers of ivory. The illegal ivory trade is more than just devastating for elephant populations. Funds from the trade enable the trafficking of illegal drugs and firearms. The trade is also highly sophisticated, with poachers using their own technology to avoid detection.
The expertise of the Zoo Atlanta Veterinary Team benefits colleagues around the world.
Giant Panda Conservation
This is Mei Lan. He was born on September 6, 2006, and was the first cub of Lun Lun and Yang Yang born at Zoo Atlanta. As part of our giant panda loan agreement with China, in 2010, Mei Lan was sent to Chengdu, where he joined the resident population at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Since Mei Lan’s arrival in Chengdu, he has fathered his own cubs at the Research Base!
Reptile and Amphibian Research
Focusing on our diverse population of reptiles and amphibians, as well as working in labs and field sites around the world, Zoo Atlanta has a productive history of herpetological research.
Zoo Atlanta has a diverse population of primates, with multiple species from every major primate group (i.e. lemurs, monkeys and apes). We also have extensive collaborative projects with museums, zoos, and field sites worldwide, including the Great Ape Heart Project.
Giant Panda Research
The primary objective of this study is to quantitatively document the giant panda mother-cub relationship.