Elephants and elephant conservation is very important to us here at Oakland Zoo. Every year, our annual “Celebrating Elephants” festivities include both a day of fun-filled family oriented events all about elephants and a separate evening event focused on the elephant conservation in the wild. Come to one or come to both, and experience this once-a-year opportunity to celebrate these majestic animals with all of us at the Zoo!
Celebrating Elephants is fun-filled day designed for guests to enjoy and learn about elephants, while helping to save elephants in the wild. Oakland Zoo is home to four African elephants named Donna, Lisa, M'Dunda and Osh. For the last nineteen years, the Zoo has been a proud supporter and advocator for protecting elephants in Africa. Our goal is for guests to be awed by these majestic animals and aware of what is happening to them in the ivory trade. Proceeds from the silent auction (on May 17th at our evening event), private elephant barn tours (on May 24th during our day event), and raffle tickets for great prizes (can be purchased at both the evening and day events) will go to helping elephants in the wild through our conservation partner, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants in Africa. More information on both the day and the evening event is below.
Join us for an evening with Dr. Vicki Fishlock, Resident Scientist for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Dr. Fishlock joined the Amboseli research team in 2011 to study the social resilience of female elephants following a devastating drought in 2009. She will share some of her findings in her ongoing research looking at the fascinating social dynamics in the lives of female elephants, and how these individual relationships shape the success of families. She will explain how age, experience and leadership influence the survival of calves and families in the sometimes difficult life of an elephant. Hear stories of success and struggle of some of the magnificent elephants of the Amboseli plains.
* Minimum donation to attend is $40.00. Silent Auction items include select behind-the-scenes experiences with Oakland Zoo animals, original paintings by Oakland Zoo elephants, and much more. For more information about the “Celebrating Elephants” evening event please visit our calendar or email Genny Greene at Oakland Zoo.
Free with Zoo Admission. Family friendly activities include exciting elephant stations such as touching gigantic pachyderm bones, holding an eleven-pound tooth, and stepping into an elephant-sized footprint. Grab binoculars and participate in a mock research camp, where observers are invited to watch and record behaviors, and learn how to tell Oakland Zoo’s four elephants apart.
Plus, experience the once-a-year opportunity to tour the elephant barn and see an elephant up-close. In the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo, visitors are invited to watch Circus Finelli, an animal free circus performance with comedy, acrobatics, juggling, dance, and live music. Celebrating Elephants Day is the most fun that you and your family can have while you help save elephants in the wild. Come for a day of adventure and leave knowing you have helped Oakland Zoo protect elephants in Africa!
Elephant Barn Tours..........................10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Circus Finelli Performances..............12:00pm, 2:00pm
* Elephant Barn Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 16 years of age. Tickets available at Flamingo Plaza and the Elephant Exhibit. Circus Finelli Performances will take place in the Clorox Wildlife Theater, located in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo, inside Oakland Zoo.
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