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Elephant Appreciation Day

Friday, May 20, 2022
10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

African elephants

Join us Friday, May 20 as we celebrate the world’s largest land animal during Elephant Appreciation Day! This annual event hopes to inspire appreciation for these magnificent creatures and encourage visitors to join in elephant conservation efforts. Elephants are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet. They have been observed showing complex problem-solving skills, are capable of strong emotions including joy, love, and grief, and they exhibit self-awareness and complex consciousness. Come support these incredible animals!

Highlights Include:

  • African elephant BrittanyHay Room Tours – Learn about elephant diets and get a unique look at some areas of the Elephant Care Center not usually open to the public!
  • Marketplace – A limited number of paintings made by our elephants will be available to purchase, with all proceeds going to elephant conservation efforts. Be sure to get one before they’re gone!
  • Elephant Ears – Grab a set of elephant ears to look just like Ruth, Brittany, and Belle!
  • Zookeeper Display – Learn about the tools and methods zookeepers use to care for our elephants.
  • Trunk Game – See how many elephant pellets you can pick up with your “trunk.”
  • Enrichment – Ruth, Brittany, and Belle will receive special enrichment at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Animals in Action Talk – At 11:30 a.m., learn more about our great grey friends during this special presentation at the Elephants in Action Pavilion.

Celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day with resident African elephants Ruth, Brittany, and Belle at their habitat in Adventure Africa. Visitors can help to make a difference, giving a voice to an amazing animal that is in dire need of protection.

Elephant population numbers have dropped significantly over the last decade. Because of this sharp decline, African elephants are currently listed as threatened in the wild and Asian elephants are considered endangered. Threats include: trophy hunting, habitat loss, and poaching for their ivory tusks and meat. It is estimated that 100 African elephants are poached each day.

All activities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with proceeds benefiting elephant conservation efforts. For more information, call the Zoo at 414.256.5466.