What You Can Do To Help

Join IDA's Elephant Task Force!

IDA is looking for activists living in cities with zoos to ensure the animals come first. There are opportunities to get involved at various levels, from simply visiting your local zoo and documenting conditions with your camera to making phone calls and organizing demonstrations. As a member of IDA's Elephant Task Force, you can help call attention to the need for serious zoo reform. We have already experienced success with the transfer of elephants from the San Francisco and Detroit zoos to the PAWS sanctuary. If you are interested in joining the IDA Elephant Task Force or would like more information about the ways you can get involved, please send an email to today. Include your full name, city, telephone number, and the name of the zoo near you.


Order a supply of leaflets to leave in heavily trafficked areas - on the subway, in the doctor's office, in your cafeteria - anywhere someone will be likely to pick one up and learn more. You can also include them with your outgoing mail to educate recipients. Email to request materials.

Write a letter to the editor

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper informing readers of the sensitive needs of elephants and the inability of zoos to provide for elephants physical and psychological needs. Click here to see a sample or here for information on tips for writing an effective letter to the editor.

Create a display

Create a display in your local public library. Most libraries will allow local citizens free space where you can display leaflets, posters, books about how elephants thrive in the wild and suffer in zoos.