The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.
The African elephant is the largest living land mammal. Both male and female African elephants have ivory tusks.
For the most part, elephants are hunted for their ivory. In 1930, between 5 and 10 million elephants roamed Africa's forest savanna and semi-desert. By 1989, that number had dropped to 600,000. In the decade between 1979 and 1989 alone, the African elephant population was cut in half.