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World Elephant Day at the Zoo

Friday, August 11, 2017

African elephants

The African elephant roams the earth as the largest mammal, weighing nearly 7 tons. Their tusks are used to dig for food, in addition to stripping bark from trees. Ivory trade threatens these majestic creatures and their tusks, with approximately 96 elephants killed daily for their ivory. Visit the Zoo on Friday, August 11 to celebrate the Zoo’s elephants, Ruth and Brittany, at World Elephant Day. Join the Zoo from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and partake in special activities designed to honor our elephants here and all over the world.

Elephants are currently listed as vulnerable, meaning they are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve. World Elephant Day is designed to help promote, spread awareness and encourage visitors to join in elephant conservation efforts. Taking action now will help ensure the future of this marvelous animal.

Highlights include:

African elephant
Enjoy a sweet summer treat with Ruth and Brittany at World Elephant Day.
  • Elephant Barn: Learn more about the day-to-day life of the Zoo’s African elephants by touring the elephant barn and talking to zookeepers about the care of the elephants from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Marketplace: The Zoo’s elephants have been putting their artistic skills to the test. Relish in their amazing artwork by purchasing a unique painting to take home. All proceeds benefit elephant conservation.
  • Elephant Ears: Have you ever wanted ears like Ruth or Brittany? Kids can wear and take home their own set of elephant ears.Kids can also put their elephant skills to the test by using a “trunk” to pick up items and by trying to walk around with “elephant feet.”
  • Stomp out Ivory Trade: Visitors are encouraged to sign the Zoo’s petition to support a law banning the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state of Wisconsin. Currently in Africa, an elephant is killed approximately every 15 minutes for ivory. The Zoo needs your help to protect elephants now, so future generations will know this animal.

Celebrate World Elephant Day with Ruth and Brittany and help protect future elephants. Proceeds from World Elephant Day benefit elephant conservation efforts. All activities are included in regular Zoo admission. For more information, call the Zoo at 414.256.5466.

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