World Elephant Day, an international spotlight on Asian and African elephants to bring attention to the urgent threat of their extinction, kicks off the Los Angeles Zoo’s World Elephant Day Celebration on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday August 13, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm.
The full weekend of opportunities to explore and learn about elephants, especially the challenges they face in the wild, highlight the Zoo’s state-of-the-art Elephants of Asia exhibit with chances to learn about its four elephant residents, including Tina, Jewel, Billy and recently arrived Shaunzi, and how they’re cared for.
Fascinating behind-the-scenes barn tours, available to the public only once a year, take place from 11 am to 3 pm each day. A “medical clinic” invites young guests to bring their own toy elephants – or any other animal — for an “examination” to receive a “certificate of health.” Enrichment stations will illustrate how elephants use their trunks as tools, detail African and Asian elephants’ different traits and explain elephant enrichment. Additionally, an Elephants and Sustainable Agriculture station will be staffed by participants in the Zoo’s Duttenhaver Conservation Field Study Program who have just returned from an expedition in Kenya’s Tsavo Conservation Area where they worked with local farmers to implement sustainable agriculture methods. They will share their experiences about innovative efforts to support farmers’ livelihoods while ensuring that humans and elephants are able to peacefully coexist.
World Elephant Day Weekend also features conservation crafts; a photo op where guests are encouraged to take an #Elphie; an action station where guests can learn about Zoo-supported elephant conservation efforts and what they can do to help; and more, all free with paid Zoo admission.
The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. For additional information about World Elephant Day Weekend, call (323) 644-6001 or visit http://www.lazoo.org/worldelephantday/. For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200.