The Buffalo Zoo will hold an "Elephantastic" "Zooper Saturday" event Aug. 2.
World Elephant Day, which falls on Aug. 12, was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants that are at risk due to the escalation of poaching, habitat loss, and human-elephant conflict.
The Buffalo Zoo will celebrate early by hosting the "Elephantastic" event as part of its "Zooper Saturday" series.
"It's so important to educate people about what's happening to elephants in the wild," said Mindy Ussrey, the zoo's elephant manager. "The steps New York state is taking to ban the trade of ivory are great, but elephants are still in danger of becoming extinct."
The zoo's Asian elephants, Jothi and Surapa, will serve as ambassadors for elephant awareness during the event. The elephant house, which is usually closed to zoo visitors, will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for elephant viewing and keeper talks. There will be posters, elephant paintings, and glassware available for purchase. Scheduled activities include:
•10:30 a.m. enrichment for Jothi in the elephant yard.
•12:30 p.m. enrichment for Surapa in the elephant house.
•1:30 p.m. elephant feeding in the barn for $1 (while supplies last).
"Zooper Saturday" events are free with regular zoo admission. For more information about the "Zooper Saturday" event, call 716-995-6133 or visit www.buffalozoo.org. For additional information about World Elephant Day, visit www.worldelephantday.org.