Did you know that every year in Africa 35,000 elephants are killed for their tusks?

Did you also know that you can help save them simply by folding origami elephants?

96 Elephants has partnered with Origami USA for an origami elephant challenge.

Currently theGuinness world record for the largest display of paper elephants is 33,764.

What 96 Elephants and Origami USA are trying to do is collect 35,000 paper elephants to beat that record and educate people about the 35,000 elephants killed each year.

All you need to do to participate is to fold an elephant or elephants and mail them to the Wildlife Conservation Society at:

Wildlife Conservation Society
c/o Rachel Libretti
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460

The only rules are that your model has to look like an elephant and it has to be mailed in before the deadline on September 16, 2016.

They’d also like you to provide your name, address, email address and the number of elephants you’re sending in along with your submission so they can properly thank you.

You can learn more about this project on 96 Elephants’ website here.

They have diagrams on that page for 4 different elephant models that you can fold.

If you’re looking for more here are some great video tutorials:


Little Elephant, Designed by Li Jun


Elephant, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata


Elephant, Designed by Nobuyoshi Enomoto


Unknown Designer


If you’re a more advanced origami folder here are some links to some crease patterns for some excellent elephants:

DanielBSB’s Elephant

NGUYỄN Hùng Cường’s African Elephant

Kota Imai’s Elephant

Ivan Danny’s Sumatran Elephant

David Llanque’s Elephant

Tetsuya Gotani’s Elephant

Shuki Kato’s Asian and African Elephants


You can help this cause by both folding and sending in paper elephants or by raising awareness.

Here’s the official link if you want to post about it on social media: #

The official hashtag is #ElephantOrigamiChallenge as well.

If you fold any elephants feel free to post a photo in the comments and just for fun here’s an elephant that I folded myself.

Origami Elephant

This is supposed to be John Montroll’s Elephant from the book Animal Origami for the Enthusiast but I didn’t do a very good job folding it.

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