Contact: Jason.Jacobs@lacity.org, (323) 644-4273
The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens congratulates the Los Angeles City Council for their resolution supporting Elephant Awareness Day on August 3, 2012.
Every day is Elephant Awareness Day at the Los Angeles Zoo. Each year over 1.6 million people visit the Zoo where they can closely observe and learn about elephants. The L.A. Zoo’s Elephants of Asia habitat opened in December 2010 and is recognized as a world class habitat for elephants. The habitat is home to three elephants, Billy, a 27 year old bull, and Tina and Jewel, two cows in their mid to late 40s. Elephants of Asia features roaming space, varied topography, bathing pools, waterfalls and enrichment opportunities. A 16,000 square foot barn utilizes heated floors to care for elephants of all ages.
Asian elephants are an endangered species and threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. Elephants of Asia focuses on the challenges Asian elephants face in four of their home range countries - India, Thailand, Cambodia and China. Interpretive graphics and educators tell the story of the Asian elephant and share biological information about the species. Video monitors encourage visitors to send a text message donation with proceeds directly supporting conservation efforts of elephants in Asia. Overall, the exhibit empowers Zoo guests to make a difference for elephants.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.
For general information, call (323) 644-4200.