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Whipsnade zoo smashes world record with 30,000 origami elephants

The zoo has collected 33,764 from supporters around the world. Photo: Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade zoo in Luton has broken a world record with 30,000 origami elephants.

Over 30,000 elephants are on display at Whipsnade zoo. Credit: Whipsnade zoo

Whipsnade visitors, staff, and supporters from around the world sent over 33,764 origami elephants, helping the zoo smash the previous record of 1500.

The zoo garnered celebrity support from Olympic Rower Alex Gregory and Capital FM DJ Dominic Byrne who both sent in origami elephants.

Supports sent in elephants from the USA, Australia, and Japan. Credit: Whipsnade Zoo

The origami elephants took four experts from the British Origami Society six hours to count.

The zoo is waiting for the record to be officially ratified by Guinness World Records in the next few weeks.

The elephants raise awareness of endangered species Credit: ITV Anglia

The record-breaking exercise is an attempt to raise awareness of endangered species. The zoo's original target of 30,000 elephants was meant to match the number of asian elephants left in the wild.

"We were overwhelmed by the response, not only by our amazing ZSL Whipsnade Zoo visitors and staff, but also by people all over the world who cared enough about the cause to join in and send us their paper elephants. Hopefully this has raised awareness and shown people that conservation is something everyone can get involved with."

– Jordan Christmas, Project Coordinator, Whipsnade Zoo