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The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting World Elephant Day on Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Zoo guests are invited to join the herd and come together for elephants, and enjoy a day of fun and learning with games, crafts, bio-facts and other activities on-site at the OKC Zoo’s elephant habitat and entry plaza. This global event brings attention to how individuals can help conserve and protect these beloved animals.

At the elephant habitat, Zoo guests can play conservation PLINKO and spin the elephant trivia wheel for chances to win sweet treats, made by companies observing sustainable palm oil practices. They can also decorate their own conservation prayer flag, similar to those on display along the entrance to Sanctuary Asia, the new 6.6-acre habitat opening later this summer at the OKC Zoo. In the entry plaza, guests can pledge their support and sign their names to a banner that will be given to the elephants during a special 2 p.m. presentation at the elephant pavilion.

  “We are excited to host World Elephant Day activities again this year, shining a light on these wonderful animals and the critical role they play in nature,” said Rachel Emory, lead elephant caretaker. “Unfortunately, elephants are in trouble and need our help. Our goal is for every guest to leave the Zoo as passionate as we are about protecting elephants and to take action to preserve them on our planet.”

Also on World Elephant Day, Zoo guests can attend elephant presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A few special prizes such as elephant plushes and t-shirts will be randomly distributed during the presentations. Lancer Hospitality, the OKC Zoo’s food and beverage partner, is providing free ice cream to those in attendance, while supplies last. Breyers, the ice cream producer, uses sustainable palm oil practices in their manufacturing process, protecting critical wildlife and wild places. Guests driving Subaru vehicles to the Zoo on World Elephant Day will receive complementary valet parking courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru. Valet parking for other vehicles is $7.

In honor of World Elephant Day 2018, the Zoo is sending $250 of Round Up for Conservation funding to an International Elephant Foundation sponsored conservation project. The project is supporting the Conservation Response Units (CRU) in Way Kambas, Sumatra to help the teams mitigate human-elephant conflict, monitor wildlife activity, address and stop forest crime, and protect valuable habitat.

Guests will have the opportunity to share their World Elephant Day memories on social media with a digital photo booth courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru. Snapchat fans will love the custom elephant filters sponsored by Bob Moore Subaru available at the ZooZeum on Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bob Moore Subaru will be kicking off the celebration with a Selfie Saturday Pre-Celebration for World Elephant Day on Saturday, August 11 at their dealership. They will give away a pair of Zoo admission tickets to the first ten test drives who take a World Elephant Day selfie with the Bob Moore Subaru Selfie Station.

Asian elephants are endangered and their African counterparts are vulnerable. Currently, the greatest threats to Asian elephants are habitat destruction and human-elephant conflict. About 60 percent of the total human population lives in Asia, and this population has nearly quadrupled in the last century. As human needs increase, more natural land is taken away from Asian elephants in order to build cities, homes, highways, farmland, etc. Habitat destruction is forcing animals, elephants in particular, to come in contact with humans in ways that can cause conflict. 

In addition to supporting the Northern Rangelands Trust since 2009, which protects African elephants, the OKC Zoo has been working with Rainforest Trust to purchase and preserve 13,000 acres of forest in central Sumatra and 18,000 acres of forest in Borneo, both of which are natural habitats for Asian elephants. The OKC Zoo also helps support a number of other elephant conservation projects, including the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Rakhine Yoma Elephant Range Project in Myanmar and International Elephant Foundation’s conservation efforts in Sumatra. These projects support boots on the ground teams that protect forests, prevent poaching and encroachment, and mitigate human-elephant conflict. Since 2010, the Zoo has contributed almost $400,000 to elephant-related conservation.

The OKC Zoo participates in the Asian Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP), developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Asha, the OKC Zoo’s 23-year-old female Asian elephant, will soon be raising a new calf, due this fall after a 22-month gestation. She is also a wonderful mother to Achara, 3! Rex, 50, will yet again be a proud papa fathering his second calf since he arrived at the Zoo.

Don’t forget to show your support for elephants on World Elephant Day at the OKC Zoo! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is an Adventure Road partner and a member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. The Zoo proudly holds accreditations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Association of Museums. Guests are welcome daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Stay connected to the world of wild! Find the Zoo on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and visit Our Stories. To learn more, call (405) 424-3344 or visit


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