Asian Elephant Extravaganza celebrates Asian culture and the zoo’s magnificent elephant herd. Join us for a day-long celebration that blends wildlife conservation education with the rich culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants.
Activities include keeper talks and demonstrations at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve, education stations with elephant biofacts, information about the significance of elephants in Asian culture as well as performances of music, dance and artwork from Thailand, Bali, India and other South Asian countries. This event also features games and an elephant art raffle!
Events take place at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve unless otherwise noted
*Listen to zoo announcements for location
Subject to change, weather permitting
10:15 a.m. – Siri the Asian Elephant inaugurates the new Elephant Crossing
10:30 a.m. – Performance by the Buffalo Gamelan Club — Javanese percussion ensemble
10:45 a.m. – Painting enrichment with Siri the elephant artist
11 a.m. – Bharatanatyam Dance Performance (Classical Indian Dance)
11:30 a.m. – Sound Journey with Helena Zera
Yoga practitioner Helena Zera plays a crystal lyre and Tibetan singing bowls to take elephants and people on a half-hour Sound Journey, a meditative experience guided by tones and vibrations.
Noon – Elephant watermelon smash
12:30 p.m. – Gamelan music performance
12:45 p.m. – Elephant tunnel keeper talk – See elephants use their new tunnel!
1 p.m. – Bollywood ZOOmba dancing – come join in the fun!
1:30 p.m. – Gamelan music performance
2 p.m. – Spotlight on elephant foot care and training with Romani
2:30 p.m. – Gamelan music performance
3 p.m. – Raffle drawing winner announced; elephants receive a big ice treat!
In partnership with the Syracuse University South Asia Center.
|This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.|