The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world. On August 12, the Walters joins the Wildlife Conservation Society to recognize World Elephant Day; a day to focus on the majesty and protection of these beautiful animals.
Why is there ivory in the Museum?
Learn about the importance of ivory to cultures around the world throughout history and how this differs from threats to both African and Asian elephants today. Visit the Conservation Window from 12:30-4 p.m. and find out how Walters staff are helping to protect elephants. At 1 p.m., meet in the Centre St. lobby to take a free tour and learn about ivory objects in the collection, with examples from the Ancient World, Medieval Europe, and more.
We encourage visitors to wear grey in honor of World Elephant Day, and share your experience online with the hashtag #WorldElephantDay.
Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795 - 1875) / Elephants / ca. 1867 / Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1889