World Elephant Day Celebration
“Join the herd” at a fun-filled weekend of 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.
A special note for parents: The weekend will feature a toy elephant “Check-Up Station,” where volunteers will “examine” stuffed animals and issue certificates of health. So, before your visit, encourage your kids to pick a favorite cuddly elephant friend (or any other animal) to bring to the Zoo.
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.
- Conservation Craft: Make your own pocket-sized pachyderm using recycled materials.
- Action Station: Learn about Zoo-supported elephant conservation efforts and what you can do to help.
- “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.
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.