The National Zoo and the Embassies of Sri Lanka, Thailand and India will celebrate Asian elephants and highlight the importance of these charismatic, endangered animals on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Zoo. The free event will feature a number of interactive booths about Asian elephants, including information about their countries of origin, their diet, their importance in Asian culture and the National Zoo’s research on the species. Visitors can learn how they can help save the Asian Elephant from extinction. A variety of cultural handicrafts and samples of Ceylon tea will be available. Sri Lankan dancers and storytellers will perform at different times throughout the afternoon in front of the Elephant House.
Visitors can see first-hand how Zoo keepers care for the National Zoo’s elephants Kandula, Shanthi and Ambika (who, at age 61, is one of the oldest elephants in the United States.) Watch the elephants as they are bathed, weighed and trained for physical exams and x-rays. Zoo representatives will be on-hand to tell all visitors about the new Elephant Trails exhibit currently under construction, scheduled to open in mid 2011.
Posted: 18 August 2009