The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha has joined efforts with two other U.S. zoos to save 18 elephants living in a southern Africa park from being slaughtered.

The elephants live in a Swaziland park with 15 other elephants, some endangered black rhinos and other animals, The Omaha World-Herald reported Saturday. The country is enduring its worst-ever drought, and officials there had to decide whether to cull the elephants or put a black rhino population already on the brink of extinction at further risk.

“Omaha zoo to help save elephants in Africa”