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WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign SMASHES the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™Title for Largest Display of Origami Elephants

Stunning display of 78,564 at WCS’s Bronx Zoo obliterates previous record


204,481 origami elephants were sent from all 50 states, more than 40 countries, and 45 AZA partners


Record setting display is part of WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign to raise awareness of the 96 elephants poached for their ivory each day in Africa


A portion of the origami will be on public display at Bronx Zoo December 1 – 31 


Photos: (credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS): http://bit.ly/2g13G4u


YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/gA50K-MJXjc

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WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign SMASHES the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™Title for Largest Display of Origami Elephants

BRONX, NY – November 17, 2016 – It’s official! WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo is home to the world’s largest display of origami elephants and has been certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.tm

In total, 204,481 origami elephants were sent to the Bronx Zoo from all 50 states, 40 countries, and 45 AZA zoos. More than 78,564 were mounted and included in the record setting display. The official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS count certifies the new record at 78,564.

The previous record was set in 2014 by the Zoological Society of London/Whipsnade Zoo in Great Britain, which displayed 33,764 origami elephants.

The Bronx Zoo display is part of WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign. The origami elephants came from an incredibly diverse array of folders including a 109 year old woman, students from a school of the deaf, as well as participants from Iran, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and 37 other countries.

“96 Elephants and its partners have broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for largest display of origami elephants to honor the 35,000 elephants that are lost each year to poaching,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign. “WCS’s Bronx Zoo received these gems of folded paper from all over the world and assembled them into this gorgeous display as a simple gesture that sends a powerful message to the world that we are standing together to save these majestic animals.”

The successful attempt was made on Thursday, November 17, the twelfth annual GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS DAY, an international celebration of record breaking which unites the globe as thousands of people come together to attempt to secure a prestigious GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title.

The record setting display will not be open to the public due to the sheer size, but many of the origami elephants will be incorporated into a holiday exhibit in Zoo Center for public viewing through 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 the 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, Origamido, and Tuttle Publishing.

Others can continue to raise awareness about the elephant poaching crisis by creating customized digital origami elephant at www.96elephants.org


For more on why WCS embarked on this project, check out the most recent post on the WCS Wild View photo blog at http://blog.wcs.org/photo/.  



The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m. weekends from April to October; 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m November to March. Adult general admission is $16.95, children (3-12 years old) $12.95, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14.95. Parking is $16 for cars and $20 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.



  • WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign SMASHES the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™Title for Largest Display of Origami Elephants
  • WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign SMASHES the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™Title for Largest Display of Origami Elephants