What is the largest land mammal in the world? If you answered, “elephant” you would be mostly correct; African elephants are larger than the Asian species. Seneca Park Zoo is home to two beautiful African elephants, the only African elephants residing in New York State. Genny C and Lilac have lived at the Zoo for 35 years and as they have gradually migrated from exhibits near the front of the Zoo to a state-of-the-art exhibit at the back of the Zoo, they have remained popular with both visitors and staff. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 as we celebrate Elephant Awareness Day and learn why elephants are considered one of the smartest mammals on earth. Genny C and Lilac, along with zoo keepers, docents and education staff, will spend the day teaching visitors about African elephants and the importance of conservation when it comes to saving this majestic species. We have scheduled a full day of activities meant to inform, entertain and prompt involvement in our visitors. The event is free with Zoo admission.
- 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Elephant Bath Demonstration – Watch zoo keepers give Genny C and Lilac their daily bath, a necessity in keeping elephant skin healthy.
- 11 to 11:15 a.m. – Elephant painting – Watch as one of our elephants shows off her artistic ability by producing a painting that a lucky visitor will win! Enter the drawing to win.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Elephant Barn tours – Our state of the art elephant barn does much more than just shelter our elephants.
- 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Enrichment Demonstration – Watch Genny C and Lilac exhibit some of their learned behaviors and have fun in the process. Our educators will answer your questions.
- 2 to 2:15 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest – Join in the fun and see if you can eat as much watermelon as an elephant!
- 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Foot Care Demonstration – Proper foot care in elephants is extremely important. Watch zoo keepers go through the foot care routine.
- 2:45 to 3 p.m. – Medical Behavior Demonstration – How do you weigh an elephant or give her a shot? Zoo keepers will have Genny C and Lilac demonstrate some of the behaviors they have learned to make a visit from the veterinarian go smoothly.
- 4 p.m. – Winner of drawing for the elephant painting announced.
- 4:15 p.m. – Elephant dinner – See just how much elephants eat for dinner.
Don’t forget to stop by the ZooShop and donate to International Elephant Foundation, an organization committed to the conservation of elephants both in their natural ranges and in zoological facilities.
Our Go Green! Recycle Rally will take place in the Zoo’s main parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. Members of the community are invited to bring electronics such as televisions, computer monitors, DVD players, microwaves and gaming systems to be recycled through our partnership with Sunnking Electronics. The Zoo cannot accept air conditioners or hazardous wastes such as paints, solvents and cleaners for recycling. Recycling is free except for batteries, which are $2 per pound to recycle. Locked bins will be available for recycling sensitive documents through Shred-Text. The Zoo will also be collecting donations of clothing, shoes and bicycles to benefit Volunteers of America.
Conservation concerns us all, so come to the Zoo this weekend to get involved with conservation efforts and have a great time in the process! The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Arrive by 4 p.m. and stay until 5 p.m. Our Zoo Members may enter the Zoo at 9:30 a.m.
See YOU at the Zoo.