Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction

November 1, 2019 – September 13, 2020

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, East, Albert H. Small Documents Gallery Floor Plan

Marking the 30th anniversary of the historic African Elephant Conservation Act, Elephants and Us explores Americans’ relationship with elephants as it has evolved over centuries from one of exploitation to stewardship, and the leadership role the United States has taken in wildlife protection. The African elephant is the largest land animal in the world and is now subject to unsustainable levels of illegal killing and trade practices. This exhibition features the opening and signature pages from the 1988 African Elephant Conservation Act, on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration.