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A world-record stampede of origami elephants has descended on the Bronx Zoo, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about poaching.

The collection of 78,564 broke the Guinness World Record for the largest display of origami elephants. People from all 50 states and 40 other countries responded to the zoo’s call to send in origami elephants, Guinness World Records said in its announcement.

It added that the diverse participants included a “a 109-year-old woman, students from a school of the deaf, as well as participants from Iran, Kazakhstan and Egypt.”

The colorful folded creations filled rows of walls as a Guinness record adjudicator assessed the record attempt on Thursday.

Bronx Zoo Breaks World Record For Largest Display Of Origami Elephants

Photos: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

King vultures, with their colorful plumage and bright wattles, live in the tropical lowlands of South America. Their sight is good, but their sense of smell is less refined than that of other vulture species. When it’s feeding time, they keep a close watch on their fellow vultures in hopes of being led to a carcass meal. (Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.)