LOS ANGELES ZOO CELEBRATES WORLD ELEPHANT DAY 2018 WITH RARE BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXPERIENCE PLUS SPECIAL EDUCATION AND CRAFT STATIONS AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET TEEN AUTHOR ERIN CHANG

CONTACT: GLAZA Press

July 24, 2018

Female Elephant Shaunzi Photo by Jamie Pham

WHAT

The L.A. Zoo is commemorating World Elephant Day (August 12) – an international spotlight on Asian and African elephants that spreads awareness of the urgent threat of their extinction – with a full weekend of opportunities for exploration, discovery, and fun on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Zoo’s World Elephant Day Celebration highlights the state-of-the-art Elephants of Asia habitat, with chances to learn about its four elephant residents and how they are cared for, through educational activities and exclusive behind-the-scenes barn tours, which are available to the public just once per year.

Activities Include:

  • Barn tours led by elephant care staff and volunteers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Education stations illustrating how elephants use their dexterous trunks; the differences between Asian and African elephants; and the art and science of elephant enrichment.
  • A “conservation craft” station, where youngsters can make an pocket-sized elephant of their own using recycled materials
  • The chance to meet young author and conservation advocate Erin Chang, author of children’s book Seven Toes

All activities are free with paid Zoo admission or membership.

Program subject to change without notice.

WHEN

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 – 12, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Barn tours conclude at 3 p.m.

WHERE

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The L.A. Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

COST

All activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under age two.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. Free parking is available.

L.A. ZOO

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.