World Elephant Day Celebration
“Join the herd” at a fun-filled weekend in celebration of World Elephant Day (August 12), where you’ll learn amazing facts about these magnificent animals and explore various ways that the Zoo and others are working to safeguard elephants in the wild.
World Elephant Day Celebration activities include…
- Barn Tours: Go behind the scenes at the state-of-the-art Elephants of Asia exhibit to see how our resident elephants are cared for and get insights into their behaviors and characteristics. Available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Boomer Ball Play Path: Try one of our elephants’ favorite enrichment activities and see how well you do.
- “Trunks as Tools” Education Station: Discover all the fascinating ways that elephants use their dexterous noses.
- Toy Elephant Health Check-Up Station: Bring your own cuddly pachyderm pal for a medical check and receive a certificate of health.
- “Painted Elephant” Craft Station: Make your own mixed-media masterpiece inspired by Indian folk art.
- Henna Tattoos: Show off your love for Asian elephants with beautiful temporary body art, available free while supplies last.
- #TONSofLove Photo Booth: Capture a picture of yourself in an Asian-elephant forest and share on social media using #TONSofLove to demonstrate your commitment to protecting these animals and their habitats.
- “Seven Toes” Station: Meet young author Erin Chang and learn about her efforts to spread awareness about the urgency of elephant conservation through her delightful children’s book, Seven Toes. All proceeds from book and merchandise sales will go toward the L.A. Zoo’s elephant program.
August is Asian Elephant Awareness Month
While African elephant populations have increased over the last 15 years, Asian elephants are on the decline. Today, the 40,000 individuals left in the wild are limited to just 15 percent of their historic range. In the last century, half the Asian elephant population has been lost.
All this month, the L.A. Zoo and other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are raising awareness of Asian elephants and the challenges they face, through the #TONSofLove campaign. Join us by taking your own #TONSofLove photo and sharing it on social media. To spread the word even further, tag your elephant-loving friends. With your help, we can reach our goal of 40,000 #TONSofLove posts. Not only is it a lot of love, it’s a lot of much-needed attention for this urgent topic.
L.A. Zoo Elephant Program
From animal care staff, to veterinarians, to zoological researchers, to enrichment experts, it truly “takes a village” to care for our herd at Elephants of Asia.
This initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society unites more than 150 zoos, aquariums, and other organizations in efforts to save elephants through increased protection and by ending the global ivory trade.